Today’s Word: ‘Epiphany’ as in… the Feast of Epiphany, the last full day of the Christmas season!
It’s not an overstatement to say that Epiphany is the most important feast of the Christmas Season.
Epiphany is observed around the world with much celebration; the day is like a Christmas stocking filled with treasures! We recall the arrival of the Three Kings, Sages from the East, the Wise Men (most likely along with their large entourage), and the remarkable gifts they brought. There was gold, gift fit for a king. There was frankincense, a gift for a priest to be used for much more than fragrance, it would have been burned in the temple and only by a priest of God; and myrrh, used in burial rituals as an embalming material.
And yes, of course, we do know that if it had been three wise women instead of the three amigos who came to visit the infant King, they would have asked for directions saving themselves about three years of searching, they would have arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole (gratin) and brought some diapers as gifts!
And yes, it is an old, tired, probably outdated attempt at humor. But what the heck.
Also known as Twelfth Night, Epiphany comes from the Greek word epiphineia, which get translated as coming, arrival, manifestation.
Epiphany celebrates all of the ways that the God of the Universe is revealed and located in our very earthy lives, all of the ways that God comes to us, shows up, arrives!
Epiphany celebrates God’s presence in our relationships and conversations with one another, “locating” with us wherever we live, work, and play!
Epiphany celebrates God’s presence with us in the tender touch of a friend or loved in in the midst of grief or in the joy of celebration.
Epiphany is incarnation (God with us) and manifestation (God for us!) all at once.
Epiphany is the good news that the Good News is for all people everywhere, no exceptions, no exclusions. Epiphany is lovely, extravagant, tangible grace.
What an epiphany!