January 2, 2011: The Epiphany of the Lord
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)
On this Feast of the Epiphany we celebrate that Jesus came into our world for all people, for every person without exception.
We hear about the Magi or Wise Men who were not Jewish, however they welcomed Jesus just as the shepherds of Israel did. The prophet Isaiah never knew Jesus; he lived long before Jesus was born. But when we read Isaiah’s writings in the Scripture, we frequently think of Jesus. What people hoped for long ago came to be a reality in Jesus. Jesus was like us in every way but sin. As Christians, as his disciples, we want to be like him. He came into the world to show us the way, that is, how to be the person, the human being, God created each of us to be! Jesus is the Light for all people everywhere!
On this second day of the New Year, make a resolution to behave in such a way that God’s light can shine on in our world through you!