The Epiphany of the Lord

Published on Jan 7th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

The Epiphany of the Lord

As we celebrate this magical Feast of God truly among His people, one has to wonder, even just momentarily, if the star in the east was so bright, so magnificent; bright enough for kings, wise men to travel such distance, why were the shepherd’s the only ones to listen to the angels sing? If the Magi were compelled to leave their country of origin to seek this wonder, how could the residents of Bethlehem just sleep through sounds of angels voices? Where were the rest of the people? Not one curious person the crowd? Then, it only seems to reason, that each of us have to ask ourselves; are we awake….can we listen….do we hear the movements of God?

The Prophet Isaiah pronounces in his loudest voice:

Rise up in splendor; Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the people; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears his glory……Raise your eyes and look about…..Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. (Ch 60: 1ff)

We are in a New Year. We are again given the chance to be better people. We are offered the opportunity to again start anew!

Upon arriving we are told: “And behold, the star that they (Magi) had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage.”

Rather than grumbling at the same old things that bother us, why don’t we accept this time to truly pay attention to the little things that show us that God is among us! Possibly, just maybe, we can blot out the noise of our own voices that our ears might hear the magnificence of the angels’ voices that sing out throughout the day and night! Yes, a Savior is born!

God Bless You!
Fr. John