Epiphany

Epiphany is a Christian holiday that has been celebrated on January 6 (today) since the fourth century, but has recently been largely ignored in many western churches. The grace Epiphany brings to us is that God did not wait for us to discover God and seek a relationship with God, but rather God took the initiative and came to us, most especially in Jesus Christ. The Day of Epiphany begins a season that stretches until Ash Wednesday (February 18 this year). The word Epiphany is used in common English to mean a sudden revelation or insight, and the church season of Epiphany celebrates the self-revelation or manifestation of God – particularly in the events of the coming of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus, and the miracle at the wedding feast in Cana (water into wine). We watched during Advent as the fabric panels above the chancel started with a thin silver line between the dark green of the earth and the dark blue of the sky, and blossomed into a large star as 2 panels were added each week. The star is a symbol of the manifestation of God as a light in the darkness, and will remain with us in worship until Ash Wednesday. Holding our grandbabies in my arms, the miracle of life becomes tangible, has mass and embodiment and sometimes a poopy diaper. Physical things communicate God’s love to us when the Spirit is actively revealing deeper meanings to us, but not everything is revealed and understood. Sacred mystery remains even though we continue to encounter it again and again. May you experience Epiphany.

John