This will be on the back page of this coming Sunday’s bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist Church. It is based on the scripture readings for the Baptism of the Lord (and/or the Epiphany, of the Lord, Year B).
Yesterday marks the beginning of the season of the church known as “Epiphany.” January 6th is the day tradition states the Magi arrived to worship the baby Jesus. The Season of Epiphany runs until Ash Wednesday on February 14th.
The word “epiphany” can be defined as the moment of sudden and striking realization, that moment when you understand something (a point I make in “The AHA! Moment”).
I personally find it interesting that we use the word “epiphany” in relation to this moment. However, we may view the Magi today, two thousand years ago, they were considered scientists, searching the skies and the world around them for new knowledge and a better understanding of this knowledge.
The Magi’s presence reinforces an idea first put forth by the writers of the Old Testament who identified the five books of wisdom (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon); that wisdom and understanding are very much a part of the faith process.
In addition to honoring Christ with our minds as well as with our hearts, the visit of the Magi also reminds us that the announcement of Christ’s birth was not just to a select few but to the whole world.
We each have our own epiphany, that moment in our life when we come to understand who Jesus is and how our lives change as a result. And it does not end there; for just as the Magi left with the message of His Birth to tell the people in their own lands, we serve as a source of light and understanding for those seeking Christ in today’s world.
~ Tony Mitchell