REFLECTION | THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY.

On January 2nd 2022 it was the mass service for the Feast of the Epiphany. Within this service it was pleasing to hear such words as Christmas as a festival. And the belief of the One God (Monotheism) as carried out by major religion of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Which are linked together through the cord of the Patriotic father Abraham, also known as Abrahamic Religions. It was a grateful feeling to know that there are religious leaders who continue to carry efforts for creating religious peace, especially as January 1st 2022 was the day for World Day of Peace, New Years Day 2022, and the Solemnity of Mary.

This service reminded me of historic women who I would equally term as famous today such as: Pocahontas, Malinalli, and Sacagewea. Whilst Pocahontas (Allen, 2003; Gibson, 2019) who was also known as Lady Rebecca after she married the English Captain John Rolfe is probably the most well-known of the three; I was impressed to learn about Malinalli a mesoamerican / Native American also known as La Malinche. She became interpreter for the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés, and also fathered his child. Sacagewea became interpreter for the French Toussaint Charbonneau (Allen, 2003, p. 83-134). All of these women were “kidnapped” and become known as traitors amongst their own people. Were slandered as victims and termed as whores.

As I reflected upon these historic women and the brief time of their lives, I found that their relations could actually be known as building bridges for peace with human hearts, real relationships that connected worlds together. In their time they took risks, took steps into unchartered territories, helped those who were exploring the lands of the Americas, and essentially fell in love.

La Malinche and Hernán Cortés

I know that the stories are much more complex as I have simplified here, but to exemplify that just as leaders desire for peace within all types of religion and faiths, these types of peace are also desired amongst people, populations, the hemisphere. This historic example reveals the risks of human beings, human hearts, women who put their all on the line for what they may not have known then, but today as truly historic.

References:

Allen, G.P. (2013). Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Gibson, C. (2019). EL NORTE The Epic and Forgotten History of Hispanic North America. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.

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Helpful Link | JSTOR Daily | Who Was La Malinche?

Dedication: I would like to dedicate these words to the The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Marys Shrine in Washington DC., USA. Thank you for your beautiful Christmas festival mass service and conveying the desire for religious peace with your words and deeds. Thank you.

Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on January 3rd, 2022. It is important to note that the Feast of the Epiphany which is mostly adopted to be celebrated on the day after New Year’s Day, traditionally this feast is and was celebrated on January the 6th and is / was known as the Three Kings Day and little Christmas.

With Love & Kindness! 🙂

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