A sermon preached by the Reverend Michael Anderson Bullock
at St. Philip’s, Easthampton, Massachusetts,
on The Epiphany [6 January 2019]
Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Manifestation

As I have said to you before, I love the church’s liturgical calendar.  This is to say that the way we keep track of time amidst the faithful community provides something more profound than the present moment.  You see, the church’s timekeeping provides us with a way of connecting the real details of our daily lives with the perspective with God at the center.  And it is within this perspective that our lives, our faith lives can be nurtured, guided, and developed with a sense of meaning and purpose, that is, with a sense of God’s presence in our lives.

Today is a perfect example of this “God-timekeeping.”  For today in the Christian calendar we mark the “Day of the Epiphany.”  Today is that threshold occasion that completes (not ends) the twelve days of Christmas.  (Remember Christmas?)  Well, the Day of the Epiphany continues the wondrous news of Incarnation – of God on our terms – and begins to reveal the consequences of “Emmanuel: God with us” – all of us.

On the church’s calendar (and I encourage you to order a church calendar so that you can join in keeping God’s time in our time) – on the church’s calendar the 6th of January is a Read More