The Parish Calendar for January is
dedicated to the Feast of the Epiphany. Let us ponder
on the Wise Men who read the sign of the times and
journeyed to see the child Jesus with sacred gifts.
Let us remember their courage, faith and ability to
discern the presence of God born into our world. We
too are called to read the sign of the times. Let
us recognise the presence of the Christ child among
Of The Ephiphany
Father, we thank you for
revealing yourself to us in Jesus the Christ, we who once
were not your people but whom you chose to adopt as your people.
As ancient Israel confessed long ago, we realize that it was
not because of our own righteousness, or our own superior
wisdom, or strength, or power, or numbers. It was simply because
you loved us, and chose to show us that love in Jesus.
As you have accepted us when we did not deserve your love,
will you help us to accept those whom we find it hard to love?
Forgive us, O Lord, for any attitude that we harbour that
on any level sees ourselves as better or more righteous than
others. Will you help us to remove the barriers of prejudice
and to tear down the walls of bigotry, religious or social?
O Lord, help us realize that the walls that we erect for others
only form our own prisons!
Will you fill us so full of your love that there is no more
room for intolerance. As you have forgiven us much, will you
enable us with your strength to forgive others even more?
Will you enable us through your abiding Presence among us,
communally and individually, to live our lives in a manner
worthy of the Name we bear?
May we, through your guidance and our faithful obedience,
find new avenues in ways that we have not imagined of holding
the Light of your love so that it may be a Light of revelation
for all people.
We thank you for your love, praise you for your Gift, ask
for your continued Presence with us, and bring these petitions
in the name of your Son, who has truly revealed your heart.
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