EPIPHANY

EPIPHANY

The official start of the Epiphany season is January 6.  The word “epiphany” means to make manifest, to reveal, to show forth.   This season of the Christian Church Year reminds us that Jesus is not only the virgin-born Child of Mary, true yet sinless Man.  He is also God Himself come in the flesh, the second Person of the Holy Trinity.  The Wise Men worship Him.  He changes water into wine at Cana of Galilee and “manifests forth His glory.”  The heavens open at His baptism as the Holy Spirit descends and the voice of the Father speaks:  “This is My beloved Son…”  On the Mount of Transfiguration, He pulls back the veil of His humility and reveals a glimpse of His glory.  
There is also a mission emphasis in the revealing of our Savior to all nations, to the Wise Men from afar, to the Gentiles throughout the world.   Our Old Testament lesson for today says:  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you…nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60).  God grant that this light which has come to us in the gospel may also shine through us to others!