Reflection for the Feast of the Epiphany
Readings (Year A)
A Thought for the day …
Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, a word meaning revelation or manifestation.
It’s a feast that reminds us that Jesus was not merely a prophet or teacher sent to talk about God, but is himself the most perfect manifestation of God: God presented to us in human form. The wise men who came from afar represent all those who have toiled to discover the meaning of life and the nature of God.
Epiphany is a call to avoid the temptation of thinking that Christ came for one group of people, or one Church. Epiphany breaks down barriers and confirms that Jesus came for everyone. All nations will come to the light; all are called to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
So, the Epiphany is the great missionary feast. Each of us who knows Jesus Christ is missioned to make him known to others by our ways of living and acting. This must involve kindness to others, forgiving them if necessary, sharing whatever is possible – not necessarily money but our time, ourselves.
God offers a choice to us. Whom do we resemble more? The eager wise men who let neither distance nor difficulty stand in their way when it came to finding Jesus. Or, are we like Herod? Are we fearful that the coming of Jesus may disturb the tranquillity of our lives? Maybe we are content with our religious practices as were the Jewish religious leaders but what is God asking of us these days? What is the star that is guiding our lives? Money, pleasure, drugs etc? Is it leading us to peace… joy… that is, to Jesus… or is it leading us away from him?
It is interesting to note that after the Magi or Wise men found Jesus they returned home by a different route. We can assume that finding Jesus transformed their lives, because in the bible a change of path symbolises conversion. Surely this must be the outcome of our encountering the Lord, the capacity to take another road if necessary. Maybe to take on a new way of living, a way that will give more meaning, more peace and joy to ourselves and others who may be influenced by us.
– Fr Jim Kirstein sma