Epiphany, or the three king’s day, traditionally the 12th day of Christmas, celebrates the day that the Magi came to visit the Baby Jesus. Epiphany celebrates the new light that has come for all people. We gather to experience this light, this hope, this new miracle and peace together as we start the New year, pausing to rest and reflect and experience something new after waiting for miracles from God.
In his baptism, Jesus’ Sonship to God was manifested to the world; in the visit of the wise men, he was manifested as king to the gentiles; and at the wedding feast in Cana, his power to perform miracles which is a divine prerogative was shown.
In this series we have expected miracles, worked and prepared for miracles and waited for miracles. Now, we are to experience the miracles of the Epiphany.
Don’t you just love all the wonderful miracles God is doing in your life every day? Some may think: “What miracles? What are you talking about?” Many people who hear the word “miracle” tend to think of some “extra-ordinary” activity of God, which defies the laws of nature. They think of something special, not necessarily the hum-drum, ho-hum, boredom stuff that we go through each day. Such a limited understanding causes many to ask: What miracles did God do in my life today?
The Epiphany as the manifestation of Christ to the Non-Jewish people is the:
The feast of the Epiphany is an important reminder that the journey of faith continues. We continue to follow the light of Christ as we progress more deeply in our relationship with God. This period of time between Christmas and Epiphany is an important time to cherish that journey. Now that the excitement and anticipation of Christmas has settled, we can take this quiet time to praise God, to revere his Son, and to ask the Spirit to help us follow God’s will in a better way in the coming year.
Let God manifest himself in our hearts; let us be still so that we may discover what God wishes to reveal to us this season. Let us follow the example of the Magi and do whatever we must to find Jesus and do him homage, as we continue to experience his miracles in a new beginning.
—Fr. Celestine Tyowua, Parochial Vicar
Father Roger Gustafson