Readings in Epiphany

 “Epiphany” means the appearance or manifestation of a god, and it is during this season that the Church celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the world and the revealing of Jesus as God.  In this study, we are going to work through the hymn Songs of Thankfulness and Praise and study those great stories of the Epiphany set forth in the hymn: Visitation of the Magi (Matt. 2:1-12), Baptism of Jesus (Matt. 3), Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12), Healings and Exorcisms (Mark 235), and The Transfiguration (Mark 9). As background for the study, I am reading Kenneth Bailey’s Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes, Pope Benedict XVI’s The Infancy Narratives, Rev. Ayman Kfouf’s The Holy Feast of the Theophany, D.A. Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and Marcus Borg’s Reading the Bible Again for the First Time. This Epiphany Study is for five weeks.

Epiphany – The Wedding at Cana – John 2:1-11

John is telling us that the world in the Resurrection is like a wedding feast where only the best wine is served and it never runs out. This is the opening scene of Jesus’ ministry where John tells us what the remainder of his gospel-story is about.
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Epiphany – Exorcisms and Healings – Mark 1:21-2:12, pt.2

In Mark, the problem in the human condition is that we are overcome by those things that seek to pull us into non-existence (i.e. sin). Jesus’s mission is to restore us to the fullness of our creation. His mission is to eliminate and overcome those defects in spirit and body.
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Epiphany – The Transfiguration, Mark 9:2-13

The Transfiguration shows us Jesus’ metamorphosis from an itinerant preacher and healer in Galilee into the fullness of his purpose and being as the Messianic Son of God to be crucified in Jerusalem as the ransom for many.
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Epiphany – The Transfiguration, Mark 9:2-13, pt.2

The word Mark uses for “transfiguration” is metamorphoses, the title of Ovid’s poem. In Mark’s use of this term, like his use of the word “gospel” to open his work, he wants us to see that Jesus is Lord and God, not Ceasar.
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