Don’t Blow Out The Candle!

...They rejoiced exceedingly with great joy

Matthew 2:10
Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Week/Year

The Epiphany of the Lord,

Sermon Topic


A game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds was scheduled for a certain Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. That morning, baseball’s Tom Lasorda, manager of the Dodgers, and a Catholic, went to Mass. As he settled down in his pew, the Cincinnati Reds manager came into the Church and sat in the same pew. The two men eyed each other but neither spoke. When mass ended, as they walked out in silence, Lasorda got a bit nervous when he saw the Cincinnati manager pause to light a candle. “I figured that gave his team an edge over ours,” Lasorda said. “So I walked back to the front of the Church and came down the aisle again…and when I saw he was gone, I went over and blew out the candle.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, we have the familiar story of the Wise Men from the East who followed the star to Bethlehem until it came to rest over the place where the…

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