Posted in Christmas on Jan 07, 2017
Among your Christmas cards, assuming you are still displaying them at home, is sure to be at least one celebrating the Epiphany. Three gorgeously attired, exotically crowned men, romping across the outback on camels perhaps? Perhaps a vast procession overwhelming the holy family, with three men presenting a precocious baby Jesus with precious gifts?
Posted in Christmas on Dec 24, 2016
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.” At last, the journeys’ end. For there have been different paths. Mary and Joseph, having travelled down from Galilee, at last arrive weary into Bethlehem. The shepherds, making their way down from the hills in the surrounding countryside, will soon reach the stable.
Posted in Christmas on Jan 09, 2016
The feast of the baptism of the Lord marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmas. In many ways, though, it’s a rather strange way to end the Christmas season; indeed, it’s a rather strange feast full stop! And I say this because if we identify the key things which occur when one of us is baptised and ask whether they also occurred in Jesus’s baptism then we discover that they didn’t and that they couldn’t have.
Posted in Christmas on Jan 02, 2016
In St Matthew’s account of the infancy of Christ, the roughly two- year stay of the Holy Family at Bethlehem included an astronomically-inspired encounter with wandering astrologers from the pagan cultures to Palestine’s east.