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We skip about thirty years of Jesus’ life from his birth, Epiphany and now his baptism. All during these years his life has been quiet—nothing out of the ordinary from any other child or young adult in Nazareth.
One time while camping with my family, I created an outdoor shower. I lashed a hula-hoop to the branches of a tree in three places, a shower curtain hanging onto it. A plastic bag of water previously heated by the sun, hung from above. It had a hose and showerhead attached—all the comforts of a shower at home …almost!
There were three points to keep the hula-hoop stable. Three gives stability. Is this another reason why sacredness and completeness are associated with this number?
In John’s gospel, the episode of Jesus’ first encounter with his disciples takes place on the middle day of three days. The first day is the meeting and baptism with John the Baptist; the third day is the Marriage Feast at Cana. Feel this second day: transition from old water to the stability of new life, symbolized by the new wine.
Spend time with Jesus and the first disciples. He prepares a stable, new future for you.
Lamb of God: all sin removed v. 29
Your grace going before me v. 30
“Rabbi, where are You staying?” v. 38
“We have found the Messiah.” v. 41
This is the Third Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year A is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.
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