January 3, 2010: Feast of the Epiphany
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of God has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Most High will arise upon you, and the glory of God will be seen upon you. Nations shall come to your light, and rulers to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Frequently there were readings from the prophet Isaiah during the season of Advent. We continue to have readings from this Old Testament prophet as we celebrate the Christmas season. We who believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior, see in Jesus the fulfillment of Isaiah’s words. So it is most appropriate during these days that the Prophet is quoted often. We will hear from him again during Holy Week.
On this feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the fact that Jesus came into our world for all people. He is the Light for all nations. The magi in today’s Gospel represented people not of the Jewish faith. But they, too, were looking for a ruler who would save the people for they were learned or “wise” men. We know that people of other religions, though they do not accept Jesus as God, do believe he was a great person in human history.
It is our task as Christians to convince people by our actions that Jesus was more than a great person. As Christians we are disciples of Jesus the Christ, God-with-us. Think about this awesome responsibility we have. In this New Year, 2010, what resolution should you make to be a better Christian, so that your life speaks more clearly of your faith in Jesus and shows that you are truly his disciple?