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3rd Sunday after Epiphany + Matthew 8:1-13

In the Name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Throughout the Epiphany season Christ reveals His power over creation. Last week He changed water into wine. Next week He will calm a storm. Today two men approach Christ, a leper and a centurion. By all these miracles for the leper and centurion Christ demonstrates His almighty power which He possess because He is the only-begotten Son of God. But He demonstrates far more than almighty power. He reveals His mercy toward the infirmed and afflicted who put their trust in Him. Without mercy and compassion His almighty power would be no good to us. He also reveals to us the kind of faith He seeks to cultivate in the heart of every believing soul.
Jesus comes down the mountain. He had just finished preaching the Sermon on the Mount. Even though great multitudes follow Him, a leper comes to Him and worships him. His prayer is simple. “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” He brings his affliction to Jesus i…

2nd Sunday after Epiphany + John 2:1-11

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Typically the wedding isn’t about the guests. This particular wedding in Cana of Galilee was like any other Jewish wedding, bride and groom surrounded by family and friends celebrating the fact that the Lord had once again given an Adam his Eve. Jesus and His disciples were there and by His presence there Jesus sanctified the estate of marriage as something good, holy, and God-pleasing. It was a joyous occasion, that is, until the wine ran out. It may seem like a paltry problem to us, an embarrassment at worst. It’s not a problem like leprosy or death. But it was a disaster nonetheless because the lack of wine threatened to end the joy of the newlywed’s beginning of a life together in the blessed estate God had established in the Garden of Eden. Mary, perhaps a relative of the bride or groom, goes to Jesus. “They have no wine,” to which Jesus brushes her off, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hou…

1st Sunday after Epiphany + Luke 2:41-52

In the Name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The evangelists give us a few stories of the first months of Jesus’ life, but tell us almost nothing about the childhood or early adult life of Jesus. Today’s gospel lesson is the only glimpse we have of Christ before His baptism and public ministry. And while in the early church curious individuals wrote infancy gospels imagining what His early life might have been like, the few texts we have of Christ’s infancy and today’s gospel tell us everything we need to know. On the eighth day of His life He was circumcised according to the Law of the Lord. On the fortieth day after giving birth, Mary goes to the Temple to offer the sacrifices for own purification and to present Jesus in the Temple according to the Law of the Lord. Jesus’ life, from the beginning, is lived under Mosaic Law so it should come to no surprise when Luke tells us that Mary and Joseph went up to Jerusalem every year for the Feast of the Passover.…

The Epiphany of Our Lord [Matthew 2:1-12]

In the Name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Up to this point Jesus’ identity had only been revealed to the Jews. On the night of Christ’s birth the angel appeared to lowly shepherds dwelling in the Hill Country of Judea. The angel told those men about the savior born for all people, not just the Jews. Last Sunday St. Luke told us that Jesus identity was revealed to elderly Simeon and the aged Anna. Simeon holds the child in his arms and says, “Mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 3:20-32). The Holy Spirit had revealed this to Simeon so Simeon confesses that this child is the salvation promised by the Lord. Today Simeon’s words come true. The Lord has prepared this salvation “before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles.” That’s precisely what the Church celebrates on the day after the twelfth day of Christ: Chris…