I woke up to the ray of light peeping through the open curtain on my window. Glorious, glorious sunshine! It’s a beautiful affirmation of the beauty of God’s creation.
LIGHT! How do you perceive light in your life? Is it something that guides your way in times of darkness or is it something you take for granted because it is always there staring back at you hard on your face? Is it something you appreciate because you need to see the beauty of things all around you? Who would want darkness in one’s life? Who would want traveling a dark way without light on your path as a guide?
Today, January 6, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. In today’s Feast of the Epiphany, the focus is on light. It’s the light that shines on the whole of Christ’s mystery beginning from His birth and it shines more brightly during Easter, during Christ’s resurrection. Darkness is forever banished in our life because of it.
Epiphany means “the manifestation of the Lord”. It is a Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. It is traditionally celebrated the twelfth day after Christmas which is January 06. Though at most times, the feast is overshadowed by the celebration of Christmas, we should also realize the significance of this great day. The Magi were lucky in their search for baby Jesus and they were blessed, guided by a bright star. We may not have the wealth of this world like gold, frankincense and myrrh, but through recognizing Jesus as our King, we are also blessed with so much love and in the darkness we are given help on our journey to God.
Sometimes, we are on the brink of despair, we feel so unloved, as if the care of the world is so heavy on our shoulders. We feel that life is so unfair and everything is dark in our own world. However stormy and hazardous the journey is, we should follow the light of our Faith, and like that of the wise men, we should recognize the Ruler, Our King and bow our heads and adore Him. Let His light always shines forth to all of us that we may see the beauty of His creation, that we may embrace Him truly in our lives.
Happy Feast of the Epiphany dear friends. Let’s follow the light. Let’s follow Jesus!