Thursday, January 03, 2013

Epiphany


Epiphany is one of my favorite liturgical seasons -- its message is hope that all can find the Holy if they only follow the star. The Magi (3? or more as I like to think) were not of the "chosen" but they were seekers. The story touches something deep within us. The attempt of artists to include diversity in their depictions seems to be a response to that sense that all who seek will find.

I have recently re-heard T.S. Eliot reading his poem "Journey of the Magi" and was struck by the line that indicates they could never really return to their home. They returned geographically but the home of their hearts was always elsewhere.



For me the Magi represent all who wander this world seeking that which draws them to the very heart of all being bringing treasure beyond measure.

And reminds me of the saying -- "Not all those who wander are lost." JRR Tolkien.

It is the 17th anniversary of my ordination as a priest. The figure was made from a photo of the day I was ordained.

And here is Janet McKenzie's Epiphany --


Monday, December 31, 2012

Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

First Coming

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait

till hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

Madeleine L’Engle, from The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L’Engle.