Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Meditation: Epiphany

 Adoration of the Magi by Murillo

"In choosing to be born for us, God chose to be known by us." 
                                                                                            ~Peter Chrysologus

The Epiphany is one of the three manifestations God makes through His Son, Jesus Christ. The other two being the miracle at the wedding at Cana and the baptism of Jesus. Today the Church in the United States celebrates the Epiphany. (In Orthodox and Eastern Rite Churches this feast is celebrated on January 6th; it is sometimes called Little Christmas.)
While these are the three events the Church recognizes as God manifesting Himself, in each of our own lives we have our individual epiphanies; those seemingly miraculous moments where God chooses to manifest Himself to us personally. I am not speaking of private revelation in the typical sense of that term, but just our own personal God Moments. These moments can range from major conversion experiences to seeing God in another person or a sunset.
However, today my thoughts turn to the Magi who traveled for months following a star and their faith. They brought with them gifts that truly represented who Christ was and is: gold because He was a King, frankincense because He is God, and myrrh because this God and King would die. Their faith in the prophecies kept them going; their faith also enabled them to trust the dream telling them to return home a different way in order to avoid telling Herod of where they found this new born King. These wise men had their faith rewarded; God revealed Himself in the Christ Child, not to three of His chosen people, but to three foreigners. This was a revelation to the Gentiles!
I don't know about you, but I find my faith edified by the Magi. I may not have gold, frankincense or myrrh to give Him, but I do have adoration, praise and sacrifice; I somehow think He would rather receive those from me anyway. I know that if I continue my own journey of faith, God will reward me with epiphanies throughout my life leading to the one that will come at the end when I finally see Him face to face as He truly is.


Colleen said...

Beautiful meditation. God bless!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Thanks for the meditation! Happy New Year to you!

Karinann said...

Thanks ladies; glad you liked the reflection.
Elizabeth- Happy New Year to you as well.

Anne said...

Rewarded with epiphanies throughout our lives-what a wonderfully hopeful thought! I have passed on the sisters in faith award-I combined it with my weekend praises. Thanks again, I am so honored and so proud to be your sister in faith! God bless you always!

Karinann said...

Thanks Anne. Glad you liked the reflection and the award.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.