My friend grew up in a Christian home. He takes great pride in describing the roles he played in the church Christmas pageants every year. He was baby Jesus. He was an angel. He was a wise man. Seems like he played about every role over the years. He particularly liked the role of Wise Man as they brought their gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. Pretty impressive, I suppose. A young college student bringing rich gifts. We don't think of it that way these days. College kids don't have gifts. They are borrowing their way through college on the promise of repayment when they get that first job.
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.