The Epiphany of The Lord

January 6, 2019 / By: Catherine Cory

Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

Although it has not always been celebrated on January 6, Epiphany is one of the oldest feasts of Christianity, the other two being Christmas and Easter. It is known by many different names—Epiphany, Theophany, Three Kings Day, and Adoration of the Magi—and celebrated in different ways across the world. But what is being celebrated remains the same. The word Epiphany means “manifestation,” referring to the manifestation of divinity in the world. What an awesome mystery!

Today’s scripture readings give us much to reflect upon, as we celebrate God-with-us on this special day. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, we are told to “rise up in splendor,” because the light of God’s glory is shining upon us, and to walk in the Light. What does it mean to walk in the Light? How does our awareness of this imperative change what we say and do in our daily lives? We are also told to open our eyes and look around to see the wonders that the divine presence has wrought in the world. How can you be a reflection of that Light in word and deed today?

In the gospel reading, we hear the story of the magi, scholars of the esoteric sciences, who come to Bethlehem to see the newborn king of the Jews. We are told that they came from the East and were led by a star, an orb of light in the sky, to witness the manifestation of God-with-us. Surely, this is cause for great joy. May we also find joy today as we walk in the radiance of God’s glory.

Catherine Cory
Department of Theology