Scripture Notes : Second Sunday of Christmas and the Epiphany



Second Sunday of Christmas


The Feast of the Epiphany

Arcabas: La visite des mages d’Orient

Eglise Notre Dame de La Tour-du-Pin

A very warm welcome to all. The Feast of the Epiphany falls on the Wednesday of this week. Accordingly, two sets of notes are provided.

The Prologue of John is read again on the Second Sunday of Christmas. Because of the richness of the text, the notes on the Gospel are somewhat more ample than usual, running to three pages. This second opportunity to meditate on John 1:1-8 is especially welcome. Christmas can be a rush and the Prologue of John merits longer contemplation, being among the greatest pages of the New Testament. It is for the most part poetry and should be proclaimed as such.

The Epiphany illustrates God’s embrace of all humanity — complex, fractured, magnificent — in the Word made flesh. Such universality much surely speak to us today, aware as never before of being fellow passengers on space ship earth.

Second Sunday of Christmas


Some inspiration

The music of Bach for the New Year and the Epiphany is particularly joyful and inspiring. The story of the Magi is found in Part V and Part VI of the Christmas Oratorio. The performers are Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. For text and translations: go here.

The publishers of Prions en Église offered a lovely meditation for Christmas. You can view it here. It combines Christmas in different cultures with a good deal of art. You will need to scroll down to Veillée de Noël. The vigil comes in two versions, in English and in French.

Wishing you all a blessed, safe and happy New Year,

Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA