We celebrate the manifestation of Jesus in the world -- and in you and me
by Sister Jane Riha
We celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday, a feast filled with an abundance of gifts, light in the darkness, surprise and depth of meaning. The word epiphany, coming from the Greek language, means “radiance,” “manifestation’ or “striking appearance.” What is the radiance? It is the manifestation of Jesus in the world, Jesus known not only to the shepherds surrounding the town of Bethlehem but now to magi, wise men, from other cultures and countries.
The Light of Christ, the Presence of God, is shown to each of us. God desires to shine His light in our hearts and in our world. There was trouble and disturbance in the world at the time of Jesus’ birth. Jesus entered into our humanity with all of its flaws and difficulties. The light of Jesus’ presence brought joy and peace to those who lived in troubled times.
As we explore space, we hear of the awe and wonder of those who are privileged to view our earth from space. The heavens, filled with stars, reveal something beyond us just like the star that led the magi to a surprisingly humble place wherein dwelled the Son of God, Jesus our Brother.
God’s glory shines on each of us. His gifts are manifest in us. That being true, we are called to share our unique gifts. Epiphany is a time of gift giving and gift sharing. God is revealed to others through the beautiful image of God in each person. The Gospel tells us that the magi “prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
From the star that rises within your person, what gifts do you have to share with others? What light and radiance can you bring to those who most need the light of your presence in their lives? Epiphany is a time of abundance.