Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A new Epiphany

The word Epiphany relates to a spiritual "Aha" moment - a time when we become uniquely aware of God or the things of the Lord. In our Church calendars it is celebrated on the 6th January, marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. We usually end up reflecting on the story of the Magi (Matthew 2) who journeyed to Bethlehem to see the new King. When they arrived at the place where Jesus was lying, they bowed down and worshipped him - this was their Epiphany moment.

I had another mini-epiphany this last week, when I reflected on the lectionary reading of Isaiah 60:1-3 and the Matthew 2 passage. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Isaiah spoke of how "nations will come to your light and KINGS to the brightness of your dawn" (Isaiah 60:3). He could have been speaking in a general sense, but isn't it amazing that these wise men, magi, kings came all the way to Bethlehem following the light of the star. They were drawn to the brightness of the dawn of Jesus.

May we come to the LIGHT of Jesus today and may we be blessed by the brightness of HIS dawn.

Living in Grace

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