1824 (oil on canvas), Cogniet, Leon (1794-1880)
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France
Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library
The readings for this week mingle marvelously with each other in Epiphany themes. Today, return to the Magi story, this time linking it with the tragedy in the reaction of Herod. Evil resists God outlandishly, always harming the innocent. Consider the children who are victims of abuse, murder, and genocide.
As we begin reading Exodus as the Sabbath readings about this time, Matthew sees Jesus as a New Moses who will lead us out of the bondage in the “Egypts” of our lives. God’s eternal plan is that we be free from all “Pharaohs” or “Herods” who scramble to protect their power by destroying ours.
Following the sacred star v. 2
Opening my gifts for You v. 11
Obeying Your sacred call v. 20
Joining You in Nazareth v. 23
This is Epiphany Week, Year A.
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We read the Gospel of Matthew, except during Advent, the Infancy Narratives of Luke.
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