Epiphanies…in the Here and Now

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“Upon you the Lord shines…and over you appears His glory…”(Is 60:2)

This seems such a beautiful description of heaven…and yet if heaven is in the here and now, then the Lord is shining upon you and me…and over you and me appears His glory.

In the here and now…

You, me, all of God’s children…

In the here and now…

“Your heart shall throb and overflow…” (Is 60:5)

For truths such as these are the epiphanies of life…when it’s as if we bump into the eternal love of God and our hearts swell through Him, with Him and in Him.

In the epiphanies of life we more deeply discover what it means to be His Beloved.

My Lord, give us eyes that see and hearts that soar!

Blessings on this Feast of the Epiphany …to you and yours…in the here and now.

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Man as Epiphany…

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“There once was a monk named Epiphanes. One day he discovered in himself a gift from God that he never suspected to possess: he could paint beautiful icons. However he wasn’t any more at peace: he wanted, at all costs, to portray the face of Christ. Where to find a suitable model that would express at the same time suffering and joy, death and resurrection, divinity and humanity? Epiphanes then set off on a journey. He traversed Italy, France, Germany, Spain, scrutinizing every face. Nothing. The face suitable to represent Christ was not there. Tired he fell asleep repeating the words of the psalm ‘Lord, I seek Your face. Show me your face!’ He then had a dream. An angel appeared to him who brought him back to the people he had met and for each person, pointed out the one detail that made that face similar to Christ: the joy of a lover, the innocence of a child, the strength of a farmer, the suffering of a patient, the fear of a condemned man, the tenderness of a mother, the dismay of an orphan, the hope of a young man, the joy of a jester, the mercy of a confessor, the mystery of the bandaged face of a leper … Epiphanes understood and returned to his monastery. He set to work and after a while the icon was ready and he presented it to his abbot. The abbot was astonished: it was wonderful. He wanted to know which model he had used because he wanted to show him to the other artists of the monastery. But Epiphanes said “Nobody, father, was the model because no one is equal to Christ, but Christ is similar to all. You cannot find Christ in the face of one man, but in every man is a fragment of the face of Christ. + Anonymous

Every person is an epiphany of God. He “hides” within each of us and we are invited to seek His face in the faces of all those brothers and sisters upon our path. Holy Spirit, teach us to recognize the many forms of Your presence in one another. Happy Feast of the Epiphany to all!

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Stare at the four dots in the center of the picture for about 30 seconds. Then close your eyes. What do you see?

To Be Radiant Lights…

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He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world.  You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of Him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received – though not in its fullness – a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever, Amen.  + St. Gregory

Be A STAR…

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Opening Our Treasures…

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The Gold I bring before you King is the “I am of me” longing to be one with the “I am of You”…

The frankincense I bring before you King is the incense of my prayers rising as smoke to Your throne…

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The Myrrh I bring before you King is the brokenness of me to be immersed in the saving Blood of Your Passion.

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My Gold, my Frankincense, my Myrrh is all of me desiring to be drawn into the depths of Your Heart and planted there to grow, to bloom, to bring You Glory.

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 “Then they OPENED THEIR TREASURES and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matther 2:11b

Lord, may we all OPEN OUR TREASURES and lay them completely before you.

Epiphanies of Life…

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 The Epiphany.

The star that sheds just enough light so that we can take one more step and then we must look to the star again.

So like our lives that we, too, live in exile and fear, but also in HOPE.

So emblematic of the strangeness of Christianity; its inconcongruities and contradictions.

Never what we think its going to be, never what we think we want it to be.

Always a fresh twist, a new pain, a new joy.

Always a God whose ways are not our ways.

Always, just when we think we’ve found a foothold,,,

The order to flee to Egypt.

“Heather King”

May your 2012 be filled with daily, wonderful. and glorious epiphanies of God’s extravagant love for you.

HAPPY EPIPHANY