Duty Or Beauty?

They saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees they did him homage

Matthew 2:11
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalms 72:1-2,7-8,10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

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The Epiphany of the Lord, C

In an essay entitled, “Twenty Minutes of Reality,” the author describes a “new-life vision” he received as he lay in a hospital bed, convalescing from surgery. He writes,

I saw into reality, and there was the ecstasy which is always there, but which we are entitled to perceive only on rare and fleeting occasions. I had undergone a certain amount of physical pain, and had suffered for a short time the most acute mental depression which it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. I had discovered a terrible secret, and the secret was that there was no God; or if there was one, He was indifferent to all human suffering.

“There was a March wind blowing, but in every…

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