What will be your 'epiphany' in 2018?
One of my favorite gospel verses is John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” We need light in our lives: to see, to thrive, to grow food, and to be comforted, but in the often gloomy winter days of January, after the holiday parties have come and gone, it’s easy to feel surrounded by darkness. If you’re feeling a little sad after all the carols have been sung and the tree has come down, remember that we celebrate The Feast of Epiphany on January 6.
We mark the arrival of the Magi to the infant Jesus’ birthplace, led by the brilliant light of a magnificent star. This ‘epiphany’ represents the Magi’s awareness of God’s saving grace—the first time that a people other than the Jews recognized Jesus as the Messiah sent for the whole world. The Christ Child in the manger is beheld by the wise kings of the Orient, and they suddenly grasp the reason for the shining star that led them to Bethlehem: it is to worship the Son of God. Their ‘epiphany’ leads them to bow down before an innocent baby, who will grow to reign over all Creation.
What will be your ‘epiphany’ in 2018? How will you allow your heart to be tugged by the Holy Spirit toward the discovery of God’s mystery or an encounter with Christ? Each day we experience an epiphany of God’s grace, if our eyes and ears are open to perceive it. Don’t hide the light of Christ within you under a basket: let it shine, brilliantly, so that you may lead others to their own epiphany of God’s grace.
Peace and blessings to all, and Happy New Year!