January 6 ends the twelve days of Christmas with the traditional date for the Feast of the Epiphany.
An epiphany is a sudden realization of something, an understanding usually connected with an experience. In liturgical language, the Epiphany is the revelation of God to us. It is God shining through our human experiences. This is a challenge because often we do not recognize this divine light. We don’t recognize it in Jesus Christ and we don’t recognize it in one another. God’s truth is available to all people. It is unitive rather than divisive. As Christians, we have been reflecting on God’s revelation in Jesus during the past twelve days. Like the Magi, having seen, we return to our homes “another way”, not as we came but changed by the experience.
Lord, that I may see!
I will be alert to the epiphanies in my own life and open to be enriched by the ways in which people sincerely express their search for God.
They saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Matthew 2: 1 -12
Life is a journey toward the fullness of Jesus Christ.
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
Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.