This year the Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord is the last Sunday of the Christmas Season. The word epiphany means “revelation” or “manifestation”, a secret being made known. The Epiphany celebrates the coming of God as man revealed to all nations which are represented by the magi from the East. This is a great feast for us Gentiles (non-Jew) because now the Kingdom is open to us!
The first reading is from the prophet Isaiah Chapter 60 when the Israelites had just been set free from Babylonian captivity around 586 BC. Things were looking up for the nation of Israel as proclaimed by the prophet, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” We as Catholic Christians see this prophecy fulfilled in Christ, the Light who has come. The prophet foretells that “The wealth of nations shall be brought before you…bearing gold and frankincense.” This of course is fulfilled in the Gospel we heard today about gifts being brought before the new born King who has been manifested to all peoples.
In the second reading from Ephesians St. Paul says, “The mystery was made known to me by revelation…the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.” This is huge! St. Paul is saying that the secret is out – not only Jews are chosen but now all are offered salvation through Christ.
As disciples, let us realize the great Epiphany as real in our lives. Let us get this secret out to the nations. And as the wise men sought the King and prostrated themselves before Him, let us continuously seek Him and lay our lives, our gifts, our talents and our treasure at His feet as we worship Him. As we do the words of Isaiah speak about us, “Rise up…the glory of the Lord shines upon you.”