Good afternoon and continued Christmas blessings to you and your family! The readings for Sunday are: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12. With the approaching new year comes a new season in the church year – Epiphany. The word means “manifestation” or “appearance” and refers primarily to the story of Magi who were led by a divinely-appointed star to see Jesus. Their long trek to the Holy Land from the East was a fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy that God would one day draw all nations to see His glory (Is. 60). The miracle of Christmas wasn’t a secret to be enjoyed by a privileged few. It was to be good news for all people! While WE aren’t surprised at the arrival of the magi (a story we’ve heard since childhood) I’m not sure the same could be said of Mary and Joseph. Who were these strange looking out-of-town guests with their luggage full of age-inappropriate gifts? And magi should still be challenging us today. Will we welcome strangers into our lives, our close circle of friends and family, our homes, our congregation? The light of Jesus has risen in our world, and God wants to spread His light into every dark corner. He will do the drawing. Our task is to rejoice at their arrival, make room for them, and join with them in worshipping our God who has now been “epiphany-ed” to us in the body of Jesus.