Monday, January 6, 2014

An Epiphany Meditation

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

The word 'epiphany' means manifestation of light. It is a feast day in the church where we remember the visit of the three wise men from the East. Usually Christmas scenes such as creches and icons will have these Magi included filling out the Christmas story.

Most depictions of the Nativity have all of creatures looking at the Christ child. This posture causes the heads bowed in humble tribute with the eyes only fixed on the Messiah. Such a posture keeps us from paying tribute to ourselves and each other. Jesus is the focal point. And this is how it should be in our lives. Bowed to Him who is light from light, true God from true God. Let us look at our posture in in thought, word, & deed. Where are we looking? Where do we want others to be looking?

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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