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There were countless images of pagan gods. People carved them out of wood, stone, or cast them in metal. Now, the one true God forbids His people to make an image of Him. He is different.
Peter teaches us why it is wise to trust in God and not in ourselves. In one moment he shines, only to drop the ball in the next. Peter learned from his short-sighted view of Christ. He ended up being killed for his faith.
Jesus stayed with His parents in Nazareth until He was thirty years old. Then He went to the Jordan to be baptized by John, and then He started His ministry. He was endorsed by the Father – just like we are at Baptism.
On Ash Wednesday the church invites us to go on a journey of forty days with Jesus. It is a journey to the cross. He urges us to be sincere and truthful in our relationship with God. May we be enriched spiritually this Lent.
Jesus went on a mountain. He took along Peter, James, and John. There He showed them a glimpse of heaven. Peter was so impressed he wanted to stay there. Then God appeared in a cloud and spoke. Heaven is beyond our reason.
Jesus moved from town to town in Galilee. Wherever He went, people brought their sick to Him. He healed them all. So it is today. Wherever Jesus is, there is healing. His death and resurrection in our place heals us from sin.
People were in awe seeing and hearing Jesus teach in the synagogue. He taught with authority. Then He expelled a demon from a possessed man and His fame grew throughout the land. Epiphany was happening!
It isn’t easy to get people’s immediate and undivided attention. But if we are in a store and hear, “Your attention, please,” we stop and listen. There is a sense of immediacy in many of God’s messages in the Bible. Christ’s call to discipleship is urgent and asks for total commitment. Christ’s mission is urgent.
As you can see, the color of the altar paraments is green. Green symbolizes growth. The Epiphany season focuses on the growth of the church. We promote this growth by going into all nations and proclaiming the Gospel.
The Apostle Paul reveals to us what he was shown when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He learned that Jesus came to save all the people of the world. You and I are to convey this Good News to all!
When the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, the result was real. God made an offer to the king. “Ask what I shall give you.” Solomon asked for wisdom. Literally he said: Give me a listening heart. The Lord was pleased.
When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son. God plans and acts in cycles. We live in the time. We measure hours, days and years. God acts in time when the cycle is complete. He will guide and rule our lives according to His timing.
The King of the Universe – The Almighty Creator makes His entrance unassumingly. The majestic Ruler of the universe does not value earthly things and status. His status is that of a servant of the Lord. Glory to God in the highest.
Mary had plans until Gabriel visited her. Some changes are better than our plans. “Let it happen to me just as you have said.” God wants to work in our lives for our benefit – and for the benefit of others.
The Prophet Isaiah, who extensively writes about “The Servant of the Lord” gives us a glimpse into the future, when Jesus comes. Number one on Jesus’ job description is to bring the good news to the poor. That hints at where our interest ought to be focused.