Jesus Embraces Our History

Epiphany Sunday
Matthew 2:[1-12]13-20

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.


Jewish people soon be reading from the book of Exodus on Saturdays in synagogues throughout the world. Today’s section of the Epiphany story links the ancient account of the Exodus with the history of Jesus. Just as the Chosen People’s liberation began in Egypt, so does Jesus embrace the history of his people and go to Egypt. Herod is as the wicked Pharaoh who sought the life of Jesus. For Matthew, Jesus is a New Moses who is going to free his people. The weeping mothers of Bethlehem link with the weeping mothers during that other period in our history of suffering, the Exile in Babylon.

Nothing can stop what God wants to do. God is going to liberate God’s people. This will happen for you, when you listen and respond to the Lord’s call upon your life. God will protect you from the Evil One so that the full measure of God’s anointing can flow into your soul.


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from The Revised Common Lectionary.


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Your Three Gifts

Friday of Christmas Week
Matthew 2

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.


The three gifts of the King—let them be yours. Gold, symbol of the ultimate possession: you are the ultimate gift for the Christ Child. All of who you are is pure Gold to God.

Frankincense is a hard resin from Arabian trees. It looks like stone, until it falls on hot coals, becoming a sweet smelling smoke. Fall upon the fire of the Spirit and the same will become of you. Myrrh, from the Arabic word for bitter, is an ointment offered to Jesus on the cross to soothe his pain. He refused it.

Take your cue from Jesus. Do not anesthetize pain by habits that blunt the spirit. Give the bitterness of suffering to Jesus. Through prayer, pain is transformed and redeemed.


Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we read the Gospel of St. Luke,except during Lent and with a few other exceptions.


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The Great Commission

Friday of the Last Week in Kingdomtide
Matthew 28:16-20

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Recall the mountains in this Gospel—the setting for the Beatitudes in “The Sermon on the Mount,” Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration of Jesus took place, Mount Calvary, and finally this mountain where your King bids farewell and gives “The Great Commission.”

On this last week of another year of grace, place yourself among those first disciples who heard the commission. Feel yourself a part of the Church, bonded together in such a way that Christ lives in you and works through you because of the connections you have with the members of Christ’s body.

Take the Great Commission personally. How are you living it? What changes in your life need to take place? Advent begins in two days: a new year of grace is about to rush in for you!


Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels—this year, St. Matthew.


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