The Church Of St Dunstan

Mission Statement - Growing in Christ, Reflecting His Love
800 N Johnson, Mineola Texas 75773
Telephone: 903-569-2478


Father Pantle's Quill 

 Last Sunday after the Epiphany  (February 26, 2017)                                                          
 Exodus 24:12-18
  Psalm 2 or 99
  2 Peter 1:16-21 
  Matthew 17:1-9


O GOD, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain:  Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen


****************************************************************************               EPIPHANY

Epiphany is a season of light:  "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you: (Isaiah 60:1).  We have recently celebrated the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world.  During Epiphany we remember that his light fills our lives and, through us, the good news of salvation in Jesus' name brings light to a world lost in the darkness of sin.

Light, especially starlight, draws our attention during Epiphany.  "The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world."  (John 1:9).

The light of a star would herald the arrival of the Light of the world:  "A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel."  (Numbers 24:17).

Wise men from the east, possibly scholars who studied the stars, followed the light of a star to find the Christ Child:  "The star they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was."  (Matthew 2:9).

As the wise men worshiped the King and  rejoiced in his light, we too, gather to worship our King and Savior.  Jesus said to us,  "You are the light of the world"  (Matthew 5:14).

We walk in Jesus' light, during Epiphany and throughout the year.  We share the good news of the righteousness found only through faith in Christ:  "Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever"  (Daniel 12:30).

Jesus our Lord, whose birth was announced by the star, whose light shines through us, is coming again.  We have the sure and certain promise of our Savior, who calls himself the bright Morning Star:  "I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star....Surely I am coming soon.  Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus!"  (Revelation 22:16, 20).