Today is the day the Church celebrates the Epiphany. Today, sage and sacred travelers, following a light, reach an unforeseen destination: a child who shines with the light of divinity.
Those with wisdom practice the art of seeing God in the faces of others; so too did the Magi, having cultivated the skill of seeing, see in the holy child a presence of divinity surpassing any they’d seen before.
Truly, this is a child of unified contradictions. The babe is both human and deity. He is worthy to tend the craft of both throne and altar. He is newborn and marked for death. What other contradictions does the holy child have the power to unite? He will bridge love and justice by accomplishing peace; liberty for the oppressed by casting down the mighty from their seat, inheritance for the fatherless by bringing the human family into kinship with the heavenly, and sight for the blind by revealing to thirsty eyes the wellspring of divinity.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Today we commemorate sacred travel that brings us to holy circles of light, and the habit of seeking God’s glow in our midst. We adopt the discipline of the wise in praying
Epiphany. God’s light shines here.
God open my eyes to that light. Epiphany.