On the 6th of January, most Christians will
be celebrating Epiphany. For Orthodox Christians, January 6 is
Christmas. It is the Sunday that acknowledges the arrival of the
Wise Men at the home of Jesus' family. It is a holiday not
widely celebrated outside of the church; most people are
sleeping off the Christmas/New Year rush by then.
But this pandemic holiday season is different, and we are
sedate, private, maybe more reflective, and we have spare time,
so why not look a little more closely at this story from
Matthew, which raises questions, both astronomical and
historical, regarding a significant Biblical event?