“After their astrological prognostication and perilous journey, they arrive at the house of a poor and seemingly insignificant Jewish family and proceed to prostrate themselves in front of a drooling toddler, presenting him with kingly gifts. It’s almost a comical scene.”
“Epiphany” means “to show,” or “to reveal.” This season (which completes the themes of Advent and Christmas) invites us to enter into the mystery of the early ministry of Jesus as he is “revealed” to be the Son of God throughout the gospels.
“When I struggle with the sting of obscurity and I feel marginalized and forgotten, I am invited to take up a pondering heart and enter into the Lord’s hidden life. At once, the lonely place of my heart is filled with the company of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph living as a family in their own anonymity and seeming insignificance; and then my heart is filled with hope and communal joy.”
“May the merciful hand of God that emerged from the cradle of humankind touch your life tenderly and deeply so that in receiving the humanity of God, you may embrace and experience your own humanity.”
“Just as the glory of Jesus’ birth was hidden from the “important” people of the day, so often is the Spirit’s movement in our contemporary world. We must resolve to have open and humble hearts to the almost “background” workings of God in both the world and even in our own lives.”