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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 6, 2019

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SUNDAY, January 6         The Feast of the Epiphany

Ephesians 3:5-6 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the sprit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

“Reading of the will” scenes in movies reveal the true nature of the assembled heirs, and it’s usually a pretty dysfunctional picture. The good news of the Epiphany celebration is that this footage from our own lives of faith has been destroyed. Paul writes that this is a “mystery” revealed: God elevates each of us to the status of family—we are heirs. God wants us there, and Jesus has grabbed us by the hand and pulled us to our place at the table.

Paul goes on to say that it is up to the church to carry on this mystery of expansive reconciliation between God and people. In other words, we are not the executors of God’s grace, merely objects of mercy who receive the benefits of it.

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Today the Church remembers The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ps 72:1-7, 10-14 | Isaiah 60:1-6 | Ephesians 3:1-12 | Matthew 2:1-12

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