Epiphany of the Lord

Gospel Matthew 2:1-12 

In the Roman Catholic Church we separate the liturgical celebration of Christmas and the Epiphany. Epiphany is manifestation and this is the great occasion to celebrate. What do we celebrate? Many people have dreams for this New Year – of successful lives for their businesses, families, studies, travels, health, etc. In today’s Feast we are invited to contemplate the dreams of God, we rejoice because God’s dreams are revealed to us. The Epiphany expresses this dream of God – for every person to welcome the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. God knows that if we want to develop our potential as individuals and nations then we need the Light otherwise we feel lost.

How many of us during this past year were feeling lost, abandoned, full of stress, fear and darkness in our hearts, hopeless and powerless to what we were facing and living? Like never before we need to welcome the Light of the world. There has been some progress of the vaccine with this virus but the effects and consequences are still not very clear, so we need the Light in that environment. Many people are taking advantage of the situation, are keeping in darkness and refuse to come to the Light. Our leaders, politicians, Church, communities and families all need Light.

That is the dream of God – if we want to be in a healthy Christian communion with our brothers and sisters then we need Light. Also, we first need to be in communion with God before being in communion with others. We are called to be children of the Light and not children of the darkness.

Let us welcome this dream of God, let us welcome Jesus Christ as Light of the world and in this way we can enlighten our hearts, lives, thoughts and dreams. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to give us this gift.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.