This is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Happy Feast Day! The Greek root words articulate some of the ways that the holy arrives in our midst. “Epiphanos” or “epiphaneia” means “manifestation,” “appearing,” “showing,” or “coming.” “Epiphaino:” to give light. “Epephanen:” to be revealed. Today we celebrate the appearing of Christ in the world and the arrival of wise ones, strangers from afar, who followed the star and welcomed the child.
God calls us to discern where the sacred shows forth, that we, too may welcome it into our lives, and share it with others. Wisdom knows the ways we sometimes look far and wide for the knowledge that is right at hand…and the one who took flesh reminds us that to those with eyes and hearts to perceive it, the holy appears in our midst, in our lives, and in our own selves.
The Spirit of Wisdom knows how each moment offers the possibility of an encounter that will draw our eyes from the far horizon toward the God who has already arrived in our midst. From dreams, stories, idle meanderings and purposeful questions come the messengers who point us toward the sacred guest sitting at the gate of our own soul, seeking the gift only we can offer. May our hearts and minds be open! May we welcome Christ into our hearts and lives, and shine forth the light, love and unique gifts God has given us!