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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

14 January 2015: Tim Concannon, Parishioner St Laurence Catholic Church

Striking Thoughts

Last week we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, or else the Twelfth Night of Christmas, with the reputed Twelve Drummers drumming. Those well-remembered lyrics are actually very powerful to those who have ears to hear.

Epiphany is "the manifestation, the striking appearance or an experience of sudden and striking manifestation", according to that good old stand-by, Wikipedia. In fact the Greek means the opening of the revelation, which is particularly relevant at this time of year.

Traditionally, this is when the three Wise Men came to witness the birth of the Saviour. In Sanskrit, it can be rendered as "Bodhodaya" which means literally the "Rising of Wisdom". Why would one not want to celebrate that festival with drums, pipes, leaping lords and dancing ladies?

As Christians, we believe in God made Man. That means that the Divine Essence reduces itself to the human condition to act as an example of how we are to deal with human affairs.

What is the revelation? That the Divine Essence understands our human concerns, She/he knows about washing up, providing food for a family and caring for children. She/he knows about fatigue and the feeling of "Why me?". One only has to look at the Agony in the Garden to see the Christ Child, grown up, saying, in effect "Why me?"

He adds, however, "Your will be done, not mine."

So there we are. Whatever the new year brings, let us embrace it with joy, for we are looking at the Rising of Wisdom in whatever we do. Pray God that we recognise it when it leaps up to hit us!


Don't forget the PACT AGM in St Peter's on Wednesday 14 January (Today!) at 7:30 pm

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