Saturday, January 5, 2013

Epiphany



The Feast of the Epiphany is an example of the wonderful things our “God of Surprises” often does for us. In their wildest dreams, nobody would have imagined that the God of the Jewish people, the God of the Old Testament, the God who was so careful that His people were separated from the nations, would reveal Himself to Gentiles at His birth in Bethlehem. And of all ways to make it known, He sent a special star to those who studied the stars in a far distant country. It guided them to the home of the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph where they found the Child and worshiped Him as God with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These men, whom tradition tells us were three in number, probably came from the area around Persia, and were most likely worshipers of Zoroaster. But the fact is that they were open minded and willing to find out the truth even though it cost them much time, money and effort to cross the desert to find this newborn baby. 

We too are Gentiles. And yet God has shown Himself to us in many ways. Although we cannot see the Godhead with our earthly eyes, we can see His works all around us. And if we look with the eyes of faith, we can see Him in each person we meet. In some He seems to use a pretty good disguise, but with a bit of concentration, we can find the Presence. And we know He is hidden in us too. As we learn more about prayer and holy living, we will become more and more transparent, so that His presence can shine through and make it easier for others to ‘see’ Him. 

OUR TRADITION OF “KINGS’ CAKE”

In our monastery we have the tradition of celebrating this day with “King’s Cake” On the morning of the Feast of the Epiphany, each Sister offers her Mass and Communion for the one who is the lucky ‘King’. 

Before the noon meal, fruit cake is sliced and placed on plates in the kitchen. There are exactly enough plates for the number of Sisters. The Prioress hides a piece of candy under one of the pieces and they are served with the meal.

Every Sister takes a piece and, eagerly examines it to see if she has the slice with the hidden candy. The one who finds the candy gets the Masses and Communions of the entire community.

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