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A Reflection for the Feast of the Baptism of the lord

The Bible, like most wise heads, tells us not to judge by appearances; sometimes it’s hard not to. A central character in the reading for this Sunday is John the Baptist who was indeed judged by appearances. It helped that his actions mirrored his appearance. The big question for the people at the time and for many people afterwards was whether or not John was the Messiah. He certainly looked the part, ‘talked the talk’ and acted the part. And he died a martyr’s death.

A Reflection for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

It’s not just the weather, the middle of the hot season in Ethiopia nor the date, January the 19th, that makes the Feast of the Epiphany in Ethiopia different from the Epiphany in the West. While it occurs twelve days after Christmas (January 7th here) , it’s not actually the end of the Christmas Season. Rather, it’s the beginning of its own season, the Season of the Epiphany, which lasts until shortly before Lent.

A Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family

The scripture readings for today highlight the importance of family life. Home is where our life journey begins and it is there that we learn to love and grow in faith and understanding. When we pray with scripture we see that the Holy Family experienced many trials and suffering, and this gives us hope in our own situation.