On Epiphany (January 6), the celebration of Christmas comes to an end with the visit of the magi to the Christ child. … Epiphany, a word meaning manifestation, ushers us into a season when we look at the way God has entered the world, reaching out to all nations and all peoples. From the poor shepherds to the magi from the East, God beckons. During the Sundays after the Epiphany, the common lectionary (a list of readings for each Sunday of the year on a three-year cycle) celebrates the visit of the magi, the baptism of Jesus, and the turning of water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana. Each of these stories brings the presence of God into our world.
—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
—Romans 15:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, Give me wisdom to learn from the blessings, stresses, and sorrows of all that lies behind, and give me the strength and hope to press on to what lies ahead.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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