A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
April 4, 2020
Just what does that word even mean?
January 4, 2020
“A sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary, but striking occurrence.” Encarta English Dictionary
As Christians we know Epiphany as a feast or celebration that marks the visit of the Magi (Three Kings) to the child Jesus. It was the star that guided them. The kings, representing countries from the east had heard of the birth of a child who was to be the Savior of the world. These kings were supported in their journey by King Herod who had also heard of the this “new born king” and he encourage the kings to seek him out, find him and then get back to Herod with the whereabouts of the child; for his intention was to put him to death. It sounds like a great plot for a movie. It was more than the best movie plot. It was an important part of God’s plan for our salvation.
So was the finding of this child Jesus the epiphany? A sudden understanding of who this child, born in an ordinary way but effecting a striking occurrence? Perhaps.
Or was the epiphany to be found in the search of three kings from foreign countries, who were not Jews, being brought into the fold of those who would come to know Jesus as the Son of God? The kings were gentiles. And now, together in the presence of the newborn child Jesus, the gentiles and the Jews were united as one in worshipping a new king, one that would rule the world, the one that would be a king for all of God’s people.
What an epiphany! What a gift!
It is in the person of Jesus that God’s people would be united. Jesus came for all people. Certainly, the Israelites, the Jewish people were the chosen ones who in a sense led the way, made straight the path for the Savior. But it was the entire world of people that God sent his Son to save. As Christians it is very important that we remember this and that we never hold back the love of God that we have been made aware of from any person, for any reason. We, like the
shepherds and the kings, are called to take the Good News of Jesus to the world.
Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born! Brought to us by the love of God and his impressive plan to save us all from sin and death. Spread the Good News, live the Good News and may the Epiphany of the Lord that we celebrate today teach us the beauty of a united people of God!