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The Rev. Dr. Martin E. Marty

Martin Marty: Look! An Epiphany!

John 1:19-42

2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Year A

January 15, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty (ELCA)

 

"Epiphany." We celebrate a holiday with that name on January 6; and since this is the Second Sunday after Epiphany, we are getting used to the word, or if it is familiar, we are refreshing our understanding of it. We can't say that "Epiphany" is much used and heard outside of church, although now and then an excited writer or actor will reveal that he or she experienced an "epiphany." If we spend a moment discussing it, we are not wasting time, as if with an idle scholarly diversion. No, it helps us to crack open today's crowded and rich text from the Gospel of John and, along with that, to ponder the decisive turn in Christian history and Christian faith signaled by "Epiphany." We might simply have passed the word by, noting it the way we see a notice on a church bulletin board outside a sanctuary. But now we are, as it were, invited in to ponder it and let what the word means stand a chance of changing our lives.

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