The Epiphany of the Lord
Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Reflection Question: The wise men or magi followed a star as they sought the “newborn king.” What “lights” are we able to follow in order to encounter Christ in our day and generation? How might we be lights to those around us?
The Three Kings that we hear about in the Gospel of Saint Matthew, are signs to us of the fact that Jesus came to earth for the salvation of all. The messiah brought hope to Jew, Greek, slave, free, and ALL peoples of ALL generations. The Kings followed the light of a star in order to discover that reality in person.
We can follow light that radiates as a result of kindness, compassion, mercy, generosity, hopefulness, and love. We can see the “light of Christ” at work in charitable deeds, corporal and spiritual works of mercy, prayer, and together when we worship God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even in times of darkness, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, we see light shine forth in the caring and support of healthcare workers, first responders, and all who tend to victims and their loved ones.
We can be beacons of light when we live the Gospel message of Jesus in word and in action. We can joyfully proclaim to all, in our example and faithful witnessing, that we not only hear the teachings of Christ, but put them to work each and every day.
The Three Kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the Christ-child. In reflecting the light of Christ in our hearts, we can give to those around us those treasures that have a deeper value than those of precious metals or gemstones. We can let the light of the Lord be passed on to our brothers and sisters in our ministry and service.
Epiphany, as one of multiple great solemnities of the Yuletide Season, is all about light. May the light of Christ be with you and your loved ones throughout Christmastide and during the entire year ahead. May the darkness we might encounter be dispelled by the light that guides us each and every day closer to our eternal home.
May the light that gives us hope in salvation, guide us, even in uncertain times into the loving arms of our God. Have an abundantly bright and blessed Christmas Season!
By: Father William J. Lechnar, Pastor / Holy Family Parish, Seward