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epiphany, magi, the hidden Jesus and cake

The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Wikipedia)Yesterday was the Day of Epiphany as observed by the Church on the Sunday closest to January 6th — usually the first Sunday in January. We celebrate “the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ (Wikipedia). We remember the day the magi (not to be confused with the term “magi” in Zoroastrianism, though perhaps related) reached the manger or wherever the Baby Jesus was at the time with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

“1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”( Matthew 2:1-12 KJV)

Out pure coincidence, yesterday was the 6th, the day assigned in the “common” (Gregorian) calendar. In some traditions, yesterday was the day when children would get presents (not on Christmas day) in remembrance of the gifts the magi gave Baby Jesus. Some even enjoy cakes with a physical representation of the Baby Jesus (a little baby doll, not idolatry though seen as such in some Christian traditions).

It was also a day before my sister Janeth’s 43rd birthday, which meant me sending her an email pointing out her age.


One response to “epiphany, magi, the hidden Jesus and cake

  1. Pingback: Epiphany: Out of the Orient « hungarywolf

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