We did it. We survived Christmas: both the secular version which begins somewhere around July 5th and the Church version which inexplicably lasts only 12 days. We’ve made it through countless airings of “Feliz Navidad” and every version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” that money can buy. We’ve gained 5 pounds on cookies, extra wine, and the always beloved fried turkey and roast beast. Did I mention that the kids were out of school for 2 weeks as well? We survived that too. As the alarm went off on this cold morning in LA, so began the first day of the rest of our lives, at least until June 3rd, when the secular Christmas season begins again.
I really like the Feast of the Epiphany and the Season that follows. I like thinking about how God is manifest in the world He created. I enjoying looking for glimpses of the Kingdom of God and seeking ways to be a part of it. I think the arrival of the Wise Men is emblematic of what God is trying to accomplish through Jesus, “that the whole world might come within the reach of his saving embrace” (BCP, 101).
The lessons over the next six weeks: from the Baptism of our Lord to Jesus calling his disciples to the revelation of the demon possessed man to the Transfiguration; invite us to ponder anew what God is up to in the life and ministry of Jesus. They also, I believe, ask us to think on what God is up to in our own lives and ministries. What is it about Jesus’ work in the world that we are being called to emulate? How do we find our calling in a world full of noise and distraction? Where is God at work, and where are we invited to join in? That’s what this Season is all about, and who knows, working for the Kingdom might help you lose those extra Christmas pounds.