Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 05-JAN-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Epiphany – How much has our understanding of the Christmas story been influenced by the sentimental theology of Christmas cards? Matthew tells of the visit of some magi – there might have been magicians, sorcerers, illusionists or pagan priests – a year or so after the birth of Jesus, while the Holy Family were living in Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph are not likely to have been the happy hosts when they were intruded upon by such an exotic and unexpected lot of visitors; and the time was made more traumatic when the family had to get up and run in the middle of the night, to escape from Herod's death squads who had orders to slaughter little boys of about Jesus' age. The child of Bethlehem had an intimate knowledge of the darkness, fear, struggle and disappointment that accompanies us all on our human journey. We are not alone; we live in God's world in company with each other, where love, comfort, strength, even joy, may be found. Consign those sentimental Christmas cards to the rubbish bin.
Matthew 2: 1-12

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