A legend says that Mary and Joseph stopped at an inn on their way to Egypt. The inn was in the desert and water was scarce, but the innkeeper's wife gave Mary water for bathing her baby. But she asked to use the same water for her own baby, Dismas. Dismas had leprosy. But the water, which had caressed the Christ child, healed the little leper and he lived just as long as Mary's baby did and died on the same day. The legend says Dismas was the thief on the cross who asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. God intervenes. He breaks into history.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.