Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany* of the Lord â€“ for Friday*, January 6
â€œBecause they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route . . .â€ (Matthew 2:12)
Once, Joseph dreamed angelic dreams, nudged by the Holy.
Mary, however, received a formal visit from Gabriel to discuss a divine future.
Those wandering, follow-the-star wise guys fitfully dreamed of Herodâ€™s schemes.
The shepherds experienced a starlight symphony, hillside seats for an angelic orchestra.
Dreams distinguished Matthew and Lukeâ€™s unique accounts of the nativity. Matthew waited for the participants to settle into sleep. Everybody seemed to have eyes wide open in Luke. Indeed, in Luke, there were no dreams. But Matthew, from start to finish, from the first anxious thoughts of Jesusâ€™ impending birth to the holy familyâ€™s return from Egypt, sleeperâ€™s sleep and dreamerâ€™s dream.
I have no idea if my dreaming is â€œaverage.â€ My odd, early morning habitsâ€”I rise around 4am to begin writingâ€”may thwart potential dreams. And yet I recall some dreams, especially ones that recurred with startling similarities. For yearsâ€”decades!â€”I dreamed about a glitch with college graduation. Did I finish my degree? Iâ€™d awake unsettled, as if living a lie. When younger, I regularly dreamed of flying. Airborne dreams, Iâ€™ve read, are common. Common or not, I enjoyed mine. Unlike waking with the dread of deceit, my winged memories provided uplifting feelings.
Dreams can be sexual, symbolic, graphic, and ephemeral. We fall and never hit the ground. We walk through rooms that later, awake and with eyes as wide open as Lukeâ€™s Mary, make us feel like weâ€™ve been in that place before. Continue reading →