Can't actually remember a New Year when I woke to the idea that "This is going to be a good year." Granted some of us are less stable than others, we struggle a little with the whys and the wherefores, come up empty, but I have to wonder on this Epiphany Sunday whether anyone has ever woken to the idea that "This is going to be a good year." And sadly there are some parts of me that reckon the whole idea of Epiphany Sunday was built around the observation that aside from a falling down drunk it's a rare and unusual person that ever wakes up in the middle of the winter, looks at a real time offering from the outdoors and says "This is going to be a good year."
My argument for those interested, has to do with the relationship between
evidence, proof and belief. By some accounts The Epiphany was confirmation by
the Wise Men that the two week old babe in the manager was divine. Through the
years that opinion has rarely been considered an off-hand remark or a search for
something nice to say to someone's mother about their child. The nature of
belief is that a person believes. But I'd like to think that Jesus was never an
antique or a fashion statement, he requires no provenance, and like all of us
past and present, he should be judged by what he's reported to have said and
done rather then where he might have come from. A minority opinion, I'm sure.