God on this day of Epiphany, we invoke the spirit of our ancestors, Los Tres Reyes Magos,
the wise men, the magi, the scholars, the astrologers
Called by many names
Remembered for many reasons ~ ashé
Today God, as we face election battles, the rise of white supremacist groups, poverty, and hunger at an all-time high…we remember how they disrupted evil
They did their part in changing the course of history
They rose up to the challenge and showed up to do their part
They left the familiar and comfortable and did their part
God we are grateful that Los Tres Reyes not only came with gifts to honor the new King of the Jews
They stepped in and disrupted the evil intentions of the governing body
Protecting the Light we know as Jesus that it attempted to extinguish
Thank you, God, for these true heroes of our faith and genuine ancestors of our struggle for justice
In these days of pandemics, run-offs, transphobia, police violence…we seek to emulate them – to be more like them
These strangers that showed up and showed out in the face of evil
These foreigners that got in the middle of something that they didn’t have to be bothered with – didn’t affect them personally – felt compelled to step in and disrupt evil – stop it at all costs
Los Tres Santos Reyes were and are shining examples of courage, grace, and love in action
These are the gifts they give us today
The precious legacy they pass on to us today
May we honor them by heeding your call to us to disrupt the evil we face today and declare abundant life for all your people. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks (she/her/hers/ella) is a queer womanist freedom fighter gratefully (though not always gracefully) serving as executive director of A Just Harvest, Senior Pastor at San Lucas UCC, and adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a joyful contributor in the newly released book “Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle.”
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Thank you for a prayer that wakes Epiphany up to now.
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Thank you – this is wonderful. Praying right along with you.
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