Feast of the Epiphany
Though they call God by different names, all who seek God with a sincere heart are led to God. . Epiphany is the revelation of God to us. God’s truth is available to all people. We see God shining through our human experiences. 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 him and can be seen and accepted by others. Epiphany happens for us as Christians when we recognize the light of God in Jesus.
Lord, that I may see.
Read about religions other than your own and find the similarities among them rather than the different expressions of those beliefs. Try to understand the ways in which people 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.”
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
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, What the Heart Already Knows
Without the quest, there can be no epiphany.
Constantine E. Scaros
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.