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.

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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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