The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 5, 2020
The story of the Magi’s seeking, and finding is a frame for today’s feast – the celebration of God’s selfrevelation. St. Augustine reflected on how human nature was created with a thirst for the divine. He wrote: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” The Magi were people gifted with a grace of holy restlessness. They were well to do enough to take a long journey and arrive with expensive gifts. They were people with an interior freedom that enabled them to respond to the Spirit who urged them to look for more than they already had and knew.
Today’s feast celebrates how God brought the Gentiles to meet the newborn Savior. Both our readings and prayers today emphasize God’s desire to be known and worshiped by all people. When the Magi visited the Savior, the Holy Child, they discovered the presence of love. This is God’s gift to us. Do we notice that every time we are in Christ’s presence, we experience true love?
We learn three truths today. First, that God alone directs salvation. Second, that God prepares us for the gift of salvation through the words of the scriptures. Finally, Jesus is God’s gift to all the nations.
The revelation of Christ to us is not a once-and-for-all event but one that continues throughout our lives. Like the magi may each of us continue to follow the stars in our lives that lead us closer and closer to Jesus’ loving presence in the holy and the ordinary.
Join me in taking time to reflect on how God love for us is revealed today.
Wishing you a joyous New Year and blessed week!