Friday Before Epiphany
Malvern Minute

 

Friday Before Epiphany

January 3, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

First Letter of Saint John 2:29-3:6

Psalm 98

John 1:29-34

Today is the 9th Day of Christmas.  Many of the stores have taken their Christmas decorations down and replaced them with Valentine even Easter decorations.  The truth is that the commercial part of Christmas is over yet the church calendar shows that we are still waiting for three wise men to arrive at the stable.  Is your nativity scene at home still out?

In the Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” nine ladies are dancing (along with maids-a-milking and all those birds, etc.)  So it is indeed a time for continued celebration.  We all should be singing, dancing and absolutely thrilled with our Christmas gift, the baby Jesus.  However, we must also think about the implications of that gift – are we going to keep it only to put it away someplace and then, on rare occasions, take it out to ask for favors?  Or are we not even going to accept the gift and instead, just leave it under the tree?  Will we embrace this gift, and bask in its heavenly light?  How can we not dance and sing and revel in our good fortune.

Today, John the Baptist refers to Jesus as the “Lamb of God” and thereby signifies Jesus’ mission as the One who will redeem us from our sins.  In Chapter 12 of the Book of Exodus the blood of the Passover Lamb delivered the Israelites in Egypt from death.  The blood of Jesus, the true Passover Lamb, delivers us from everlasting death and destruction. 

John the Baptist, at the end of his public ministry proclaimed that He, Jesus, must increase and that he must decrease.  John’s birthday is June 24th, during the summer solstice.  From that point on daylight begins to reduce.  Jesus’ birthday, December 25th, is during the winter solstice.  From that point on, daylight begins to grow longer.  He does indeed increase as John decreases as those around realize that Jesus and not John is the Messiah.    

Friends, we too must decrease in ourselves as we allow Jesus to increase in our lives and in all that we do.  Once we do, we can truly sing, dance and be thrilled that Jesus, our Savior, is the greatest gift we will ever receive.

Question of the Day:  Will you honor the Lord Jesus as your greatest gift, yesterday, today and forever?

Prayer:  Lord god, I trust only in You.  Bless me and increase my faith as I am your servant.

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