The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord

The Epiphany of the Lord

 

Dear friends in Christ,

 

Today’s Gospel story tells about the three wise men on their journey looking for the new-born King. After a steady search and a long journey they found the star which guided them to the birthplace of the Messiah. On entering the house they saw the infant with Mary his mother. With great joy, they prostrated themselves and did him homage.

In Old Testament times the Jews believed that they alone were God’s Chosen People and that all other peoples were outsiders and rejected. However, the feast of the Epiphany shows that election by God was not just a privilege for some but a hope for all people. This Feast marks the fact that “the Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews, members of the same body and sharers of the Promise.”

Epiphany means manifestation, the universal revelation of the Mystery of Incarnation. It is celebrated not simply as a past event or as the recognition of the Savior by a few pagans from the East. Rather, it is a living reality of salvation still active in our days. Epiphany is the revelation of God’s grace and favor upon the whole human race. God shows himself as a God who comes to be with his people. God will always be a God of Epiphany who reveals himself each day to all people by the grace of Christ and through the work of the Church.

In order that the celebration of the Epiphany today brings meaning to us, we need to ask ourselves, “Am I still eager in search of God in my daily living?” Jesus is the star that continues to shine in our hearts guiding us to that day when we’ll see him face to face in his Father’s Kingdom. God chooses us to be his own, therefore, we choose God to be our own.

Today, we don’t bring gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus, rather, we bring our hearts, our spirits and souls. St. Paul reminds us that, we who were once among the gentiles are now part of God’s household, called to be “epiphanies” of Jesus to the world. Isaiah proclaims, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!” And so, in the light of Christ we are to be lights for others.

 

Fr. Joe