As the new year begins, like the rising of the sun, the Feast of Epiphany summons us to arise and shine in the brilliance of God’s revelation. Epiphany is a feast of light – the rising light. Jesus is that rising light who reveals the glory of God to us. The readings of today guide us to reflect on the manifestation or revelation of God’s glory to all the nations of the world and how everyone should respond to Him like the Magi.
Isaiah’s prophetic invitation for the people of God in the first reading is for all to arise and shine because the light of God’s glory rises upon them. He was calling them to wake up from their spiritual slumber, rise from the shadows of doubt and fear, and see how God makes them the centre of attraction, the attracting light for all nations.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul explains to them how God’s mystery in Christ has been revealed to the Gentiles too. The Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise. Epiphany is a celebration of the revelation that God’s salvation extends to all people, breaking down barriers and welcoming the nations into the family of God.
In the gospel reading according to St. Matthew, we heard about the journey of the wise men who travelled from the East, following a star that led them to the child, Jesus Christ, who was in the manger. These wise men, representing the nations of the known world, exemplify seekers of truth – all those seeking God, to understand the mysteries of the world and how we are part of this mystery. Their offering of gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—acknowledged Jesus’ kingship, divinity, and humanity.
There is an Epiphany happening all around us, in every event of life. The Light of Christ continues to shine, calling us to arise from the darkness of sin and to shine with the brilliance of His love. Christ’s light is reaching out to all including those who have not accepted Him but are in other ways seeking genuinely the truth of our existence.
May the Light of Epiphany continue to guide and illuminate your life throughout this new year. Amen.