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The Journey of the Magi

Frank's photo from IsraelIn tomorrow's Gospel reading the Magi come visit the baby Jesus bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Thanks to the magic of the internet and the folks it brings in, my most popular sermon page at King of Peace's website is a sermon on this passage looking at it through T.S. Eliot's poem, The Journey of the Magi. Gil introduced me to the poem and has twice done a wonderful dramatic recitation of it, which really adds to the Epiphany service.

Eliot's poem tells of the journey the magi made. It begins,
'A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For the journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.'
The full text of the poem is online here: Eliot's The Journey of the Magi.

The sermon looked at the poem through the time in which Eliot wrote it soon after his conversion to Christianity and while working on two other known works which shed light on the poem. The full text of the sermon is online here: The Journey of the Magi, but the gist of it is that the Magi's long journey to find the baby Jesus is an invitation to a spiritual journey of our own. Those of us who think we know all about Jesus may be content to sit still, but God is still calling us to farther horizons.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor
King of Peace Episcopal Church

Tomorrow night we will hold our annual Burning of the Greens. The event starts at 6 p.m. Come enjoy the oyster roast, low country boil and the roaring campfire on the grounds of King of Peace.



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