Today marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical season of Epiphany. Epiphany means appearance or manifestation, something which is revealed. January 6 is the traditional day commemorating the arrival of the Magi – the Eastern kings, mystics, philosophers, or “wise men” – to witness and worship the Christ child. During Epiphany, the church celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divinity and the movements of God throughout our world.
1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. 5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. 6 Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD.
In this season of Epiphany, may our eyes be opened to true reality – the tragic and the beautiful, the divine and the commonplace, the intricately woven details and the broad strokes of a masterful artist – in order that we might see, recognize, and embrace that which has been revealed.