Jan 6, 2013

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Epiphany: The Wise Guys Arrive!


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January 6 marks The Epiphany, also known as the “Holy Light of the Manifestations.”

The Epiphany recalls the visit of the Magi, the three wise men, to the Christ Child in Bethlehem. It is also about the revelation of the Jesus Christ to everyone who is in darkness. This day is a reminder that anyone can choose to follow the light of Christ, to follow in his ways and share His love with those around them.

The Epiphany celebration was originally observed in the Eastern Church in 361 AD. It began as a commemoration of the birth of Christ with other events added later. These include the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding in Cana (transubstantiation of water into wine). 

As we close this Christmas season, I consider that the meanings of Epiphany include the baptism and the first miracle of Christ,. As I pack away the ornaments, the nativity, the snowmen and Santa’s, I am reminded that we can relive this every time we attend Mass because it affords us the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows and receive the body and blood of Christ. And doing so keeps Christmas spirit going throughout the year.

Until next time,

We Three Kings

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, 
Following yonder star.

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