Saturday, January 06, 2007

Epiphany, January 6

Epiphany (Greek: επιφάνεια, "the appearance; miraculous phenomenon") is a Christian feast intended to celebrate the 'shining forth' or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. The observance had its origins in the eastern Christian churches, and included the birth of Jesus; the visit of the Magi, or Wise Men (traditionally named Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar) who arrived in Bethlehem; and all of Jesus' childhood events, up to his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The date of the feast was fixed on January 6. Ancient Liturgies speak of Illuminatio, Manifestatio, Declaratio (Lighting, Manifestation, Declaration); cf. St. Matthew's Gospel (iii, 13–17); St. Luke's (iii, 22); and St. John's (ii, 1–11); where the Baptism and Marriage at Cana are dwelt upon. The Christian Churches have traditionally also talked of a "Revelation to the Gentiles", where the term Gentile meant all non-Jewish peoples. The Biblical Magi represent the non-Jewish peoples of the world.

It's 6 AM Saturday morning on the 6th of January, 2007. It's still dark. The temperature is 46°F. and pouring rain. While spring weather in January is pleasant enough, it is disconcerting to say the least. These conditions are abnormal for this time of year. The keepers of weather history say that this is the warmest winter on record. Maybe it's a trick performed by tree huggers, using that weather machine in Michael Crichton's "State of Fear." Personnaly, I think it's a warning, an omen if you will. I don't have any ready answers, nor do I think that simply curtailing our energy use will reverse the trend. I do think we need to do some serious nonpolitical studing, research, etc. and make a more positive move in the direction of reversing this thing called global warming. This warming may be part of some global plan far beyond the concepts and control of homosapiens. We may in fact over estimate our importance in the universe as it unfolds. If we're mere pawns in the grand scheme of things, so be it. There are at least two opposing views in in this debate, and I come down on the side of, let's acknowledge global warming, and take steps to reverse it as much as is possible.
Moving on: We enjoyed dinner with Leigh, Karen and Skye last evening at the Lodge restaurant. Of course the topic of the unseasonal weather came up. Leigh is my partner in kayaking adventures. We surmised that tomorrow (today now) would be a good day to slide those relaxation machines into the St. lawrence for a paddle. At this exact moment, the rain has stopped. If the weather stays rainless and the wind calm, we'll be out paddling soon after first light.

Otherwise I'll be staying in and playing around with my scanner. Also, I'll be giving some ink to the prompt of "kissing" for tomorrow's Sunday Scribblings.


Blogger Voix said...

We may in fact over estimate our importance in the universe as it unfolds.

That's an understatement if I ever heard one.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think climate study - and changing our wasteful habits - is important. Living in a city, I'm still shocked by how often people take cars short distances when they could walk. Or how much time people spend in their cars! I wrote about Epiphany/Fetes des Roi too. And hope you got to take your kayak journey today!

10:50 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

I, too, don't trust this weather we've been having so far this winter! This is much too way off course for this time of year and something is going on...wish I knew what!! Animals are confused...plants are confused...HUMANS are confused...!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

Interesting post Rel, and I second what Michelle says! I think global warming is a fact, possibly speeded up by the activities of man, but in reality part of the natural cycle of the earth which has always had periods of warming followed by periods of cooling. I think I read somewhere that we are actually heading for another ice age as these are, oddly enough, preceded by things warming up. The human race(or sections of it anyway) is arrogant enough to believe it can 'control' various aspects of Nature but in reality we can do nothing to prevent earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes etc etc - and the same applies to global warming. I suspect that if the entire population of earth returned overnight to the way we lived 1000 years ago, it would make very little difference to what is happening. Steps down off soap box and looks rather sheepish! Sorry about the essay - must still be running a fever:)

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Personally, I don't think there is anything we can do to reverse course and it is likely that we will continue to warm until a sudden reversal throws us back into an ice age.

Have a good weekend.

4:40 PM  
Blogger overactive-imagination said...

Wondering if you made the kayak trip and if the weather held out for you.

One of my life goals is to kayak in the Gulf of Mexico is there any differene in kayaks for lake, river etc. vs. kayaks for a larger body of water with much more turbulence? Just curious. Thanks!

9:14 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

I agree with you about the weather...I find it very disconcerting.

A post on kissing??? That should be interesting!

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It still hasn't snowed here yet this year and that is eerie enough. Sure, it's great for running, but all the other implications, are so disconcerting.

I hope you were able to kayak today.

10:30 PM  

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