Today we celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth.” It can be likened to words such as eureka or aha!, turning on a light bulb, or being able to see something that was once hidden from view. Isaiah expressed this when he said, “Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you” (Isaiah 60:5).
The Magi brought gifts to the newborn Christ Child. This is the strong message in stewardship for us; they sought, found, and happily gave Christ beautiful gifts of significance, the best they had to offer: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
But while the Magi gave Jesus their best gifts, their greatest gift comes to us as a realization: They were the first Gentiles to recognize that Jesus belongs to everyone. Truly this Good News is for all, not just a select few. As Saint Paul says, “You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, namely, that . . . the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 3:2-3a, 6).
Epiphany is not just a marquee moment; it reminds us that, for God, there are no foreigners or outsiders. Everyone can pray to our Father; there are no exceptions. And if God is the Father of every single person, then every person in this world is our sister or brother. This is a gift from God we can share with everyone.
As stewards, then, let us offer our best gifts to God and others. Let us show the Lord and other people our best, while, like Mary, we take all these things and treasure them in our hearts.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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