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Epiphany – The Light is for Everyone

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

This weekend celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord.  Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. When we say that we’ve “had an epiphany”, it means that we’ve experienced a sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something.  It can also mean that we’ve found the last piece of the puzzle and now see the whole picture.

When I think of an epiphany, I visualize a lightbulb over a person’s head shining brightly as the person has literally moved from the darkness into the light.  This weekend’s reading talks a lot about the subject of light.

In the first reading from Isaiah (60:1-6), the people of Jerusalem learn that their “light has come” and that “the glory of the Lord shines upon you (us).”  Isaiah tells them that they will be an  example to all nations because, “upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears his glory.”

Is God’s light shining in you and are you an example within your family and your community of God’s peace and love?

Is it evident from seeing you that there is something special which exists inside of you that others want to share?

Paul tells the Ephesians (3:2-3a, 5-6) that a revelation was made known to him and that “the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”  Paul realized that his primary ministry was to bring the Jews and the Gentiles together in Jesus.  He wasn’t there to exclude and separate, Paul was there to unite everyone together in adoration of Christ Jesus. We are all members of this same body and each of us is called upon to work together to make the body whole and healthy – despite our cultural and religious differences.

Are you seen as a beacon of light who brings diverse groups of people together in unity?

In Matthew’s Gospel (2:1-12) we hear the story of the Magi who are following the light of a star in search of the newborn king of the Jews. Did you ever give thought to the fact that the Magi were gentiles and that they were the  first to adore and pay homage to Jesus?  Matthew (who is a Jew) is letting his fellow Jews and the gentiles know that in Jesus, God is manifest to the whole world.  Jesus came for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. Jesus came to unite and to love. He did not come for a select group of people.

The Magi brought gifts to Jesus, payed him homage and then went home.  They followed the light of the star to see the light that had come into the world – Jesus.  In Jesus, you and I are the light of the world and we’re asked to be that light on a daily basis to other members of humanity.  We are the presence of Jesus in the world.

May you and I be the presence of Jesus’ light in the world today as we bring the peace and love of Christ to every person we meet.

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