January 6 ends the twelve days of Christmas with the traditional date for the Feast of the Epiphany.
In liturgical language, Epiphany is the revelation of God to us. An epiphany is a sudden realization of something, an understanding usually connected with an experience. It is God shining through our human living. This challenges us because often we do not recognize it. We also forget that God’s truth is available to all people. Christians live in the same city, in the same world, with people of other religions. Though they call God by different names all who seek God with a sincere heart are led to God. The search is unitive rather than divisive. As Christians, we have been reflecting on God’s revelation in Jesus during the past weeks. Like the Magi, having seen, may we return to ourselves “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.
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.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. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another way.
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
And when they came and knelt down, they only did what they had in reality always been doing during their search and journey: they brought before the face of the invisible God now made visible, the gold of their love, the incense of their reverence, and the myrrh of their suffering.
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
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.
Without the quest, there can be no epiphany.
Constantine E. Scaros