Sunday, 6 January 2008

Away 4 1 month

To my readers: I will not be around for a month, starting from tomorrow 7 Jan to 4 Feb (near Ash Wednesday and Chinese New Year). So I can't post the daily readings for that period (maybe even more...) But never fear- you can find daily readings at this website: And no, I did not lift my postings from that website (well, maybe one or two, especially the ones from the deuterocanonicals...). See you in a month's time!

Today's Readings

Today (6 Jan) it be Epiphany of the Lord - the day the visitation of the three Magi to the baby Jesus is commemorated. Here are today's readings:

Matthew 2: 1-12
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet:
‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are in no way least among the rulers of Judah,
for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” [from Micah 5: 2]
Then Herod privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” After listening to the king they left, and once again the star they saw when it rose led them until it stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star they shouted joyfully. As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back by another route to their own country.

Ephesians 3: 2-6
Brothers and sisters, you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. When reading this, you will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 60: 1-6
“Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!
The splendor of the Lord shines on you!
For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers the nations,
but the Lord shines on you; his splendor appears over you.
Nations come to your light; kings to your bright light.
Look all around you!
They all gather and come to you –
your sons come from far away
and your daughters are escorted by guardians.
Then you will look and smile,
you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride.
For the riches of distant lands will belong to you
and the wealth of nations will come to you.
Camel caravans will cover your roads,
young camels from Midian and Ephah.
All the merchants of Sheba will come,
bringing gold and incense