January 6, 2021


 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."  When King Herod heard this, he was frightened....                                                       Matthew 2:1-3a

Episcopal priest, Heidi Haverkamp, observed in the Christian Century (12/16/20):
The Epiphany is often told or preached as a story about a long journey, 
or about the light of Christ leading and guiding us ... but this year I can't
help but read it as a story about power: the depraved, fearful power of
King Herod, what it drives him to do, and what a contrast his power is to
the power of Jesus. ... The power of Herod is brutal, reactive, and paranoid.