Last week we talked about Epiphany, about the season that we’re in, and that the word Epiphany means manifestation. Throughout this season we are hearing stories of the manifestation of Jesus to various people. Not just encounters with Jesus, but moments in which Jesus’s true identity is revealed, moments when people realize that He is the Incarnation of God in this world. We began this season with the story of the Magi and the manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles; then we heard the story of Jesus’s baptism where the heavens opened up and that voice said This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased. The manifestations continue today in the story of the calling of two of Jesus’s disciples.
Many years ago I heard a particular sermon preached from this pulpit and that sermon has come back to me recently from the dusty archives of my mind. The preacher followed a familiar format, beginning with background on the readings, then pointing out the challenges humanity faces in the world, and finally a lead up to how we, as Christians, can meet those challenges by helping to bring the Kingdom of God into harmony with this earthly world. I was ready.