Magical Magi, Part One

“The Magi were not kings, but kings of kings!”  I still remember that impressive claim of the Reverend Mark Link, S.J. (Society of Jesus, or Jesuit) from my 9th grade theology textbook These Stones Will Shout.  From Tampa Jesuit High School’s drab Gulf Coast concrete block walls all those years

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Theophany

Let’s continue today to recover and unpack from our Epiphany theology overload from yesterday.  Theological hangovers take time from which to properly recuperate, like the brain freeze from drinking a slurpee too fast in hot weather!  Slow and easy here….at the very heart of Epiphany, and indeed of the entire

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Epiphany Prison Break

O….M….G!!!!  My head is spinning, dear readers, help anchor me to this earth!!  Stop, stop roller coaster of church traditions, I want to get off!  First and foremost, welcome to the formal close of the Christmas season (kinda) and opening of the third and final portion of the Incarnation trilogy

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28

A point of personal privilege, dear readers, if anyone is still reading after our first Epiphany-geek-fest overload earlier today.  Today is my 28th anniversary of ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church.  I had desired ordination during Advent but the Bishop’s earliest convenience was January, so

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Retrospective

Whew!  That’s a big push since Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Christmastide and now, the Eve of the Epiphany.  A contested and elongated national election, a new associate Supreme Court justice, a third pandemic wave, two vaccines approved in record time, at least three meteorological and

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He Did It All and Infinitely More

We cannot leave Christmastide without a word about literary Christmases!  Every year the hallowed books come out: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, a Little House Christmas, the Grinch, a Charlie Brown Christmas (the adult Lucy is selling real estate in the Vail Valley today), various Nights Before Christmas, Rudolph and of

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Let’s Collect Some Collects!

Not so much commentary today dear readers, on this (rare) Second Sunday After Christmas Day, but more praying.  We have but a brief Christmastide in which to fit so much reflecting, and I want you to not miss these gems of Christmas Collects.  We pray four in total during a

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A Deeper Christmas Dive

WARNING: TODAY’S CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL CONTAINS ITEMS OF AN UNBELIEVABLE GEEKY THEOLOGICAL NATURE.  PROCEED AT GREAT RISK TO YOUR SOCIAL STANDING AND COMFY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS….   Break out the fruitcake, chocolate, and perhaps an adult holiday drink of choice as we plunge into some deeper Incarnational water today dear readers.  If

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Above All Names

A sincerely Happy New Calendar Year dear readers!  May 2021 truly be a different Year of our Lord!  Lost in all the revelry (or perhaps a slightly later morning for some of us!), ball drops, Harry Meeting Sally (and yes, I have sat in the same booth to have what

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Smiles, Everyone, Smiles!

(Extra 1970’s cultural bonus points if anyone remembers where the title phrase comes from!)  Well, Saint Francis of Assisi, revered Christ-figure of the medieval church, your turn to take us to the “woodshed” finally arrives!  Dear readers, today we reflect upon the beloved Christian Christmas tradition we now call the

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