January 4

Feast of the Epiphany

Reflection

Epiphany is the revelation of God to us. Epiphany is God shining through our human experiences. God’s truth is available to all people. The difference between the Christian faith and other faiths is not that we possess the truth of God and they do not, but that, through God’s unique revelation in Jesus, the light of divinity shines through and can be seen and accepted by others. In today’s world it is obvious that Christians live in the same city, in the same world, with people of other religions. Though they call God by different names, there is only one God, and all who seek God with a sincere heart are led to God. This truth is hard for religious people to appreciate because religious people all over the world tend to claim that they have exclusive access to God and the truth. Epiphany happens for us as Christians when we recognize the light of God in Jesus.

Prayer

Lord, that I may see!

Action

I will try to read about religions other than my own and find the similarities among them rather than the different expressions of those beliefs. I will try to understand the ways in which people express their search for God.

Suggested Reading

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”
Matthew 2: 1 -12

We are like the three Wise Men who journeyed to Jesus. Now, like those Wise Men, we return to the world from which we came, to the everyday life where we will witness to what we have seen.
John Paul II

Epiphany not only ends Christmas, it also fulfills it by celebrating the revelation of the Christ to the whole world. The light of the Epiphany illuminates the church’s year as it illuminates the human race from whom the kings came.
Phyllis A. Tickle, What the Heart Already Knows

Without the quest, there can be no epiphany.
Constantine E. Scaros

Most of us keep our personal experiences of the Holy to ourselves. Who would believe it? And who would really understand? The irony is that epiphanies are made for sharing, even as they are impossible to communicate fully.…Unlike the poor shepherds, the Magi had to travel a long road; they had to face adversity to reach their goal. It was anything but a romantic, sentimental pilgrimage that we often see in our manger scenes! The experience of the magi reminds us that all who make the tedious journey to the truth will finally encounter it and be changed in the process. They can never go back to a ‘business as usual’ way of life. When we meet Christ and see who he really is, we will never be the same – and only then can we hope to begin to share in his mission.…
Rev. Thomas Rosica, CBS

Long after the angels disappear into the heavens, the shepherds return to their flocks, the magi journey home and the great star sets, Jesus remains.
Connections

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