Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Epiphany is the culmination of all of our Advent waiting and watching, of all of our Christmas awakenings. It is called the season of light as the light of Christ has shined in the darkness of our lives. We heard those words about letting our light shine in the world at our baptism. The sacrament is our launching point on the faith journey where we are shoved out into the world to share the light of Christ. It must be so, as we are the hands and feet of our Lord in this world.
Now in Epiphany the Christ has been revealed to the nations. The secret is out, Christ is King of king and Lord of lords! This is the day we celebrate the journey and visit of the wise men (who by the way may have been three and may not have been three as Matthew does not tell us how many). Those who are wise, even in all of their wisdom and understanding, cannot truly be wise unless they know intimately, "The Light of the World."
Think of the metaphors of light in our culture:
*a lightbulb means, "I've got an idea!"
*darkness means a lack of knowing and to shed light on something means to come to an understanding
*light as a symbol of goodness and virtue versus darkness as a symbol of evil
*light as Truth, with a capital T
*lightness of heart means to be at peace and have joy
Can you think of any others?
As you think about Epiphany this week and for the rest of this month, think about the light of Christ being revealed. Ponder what it means for the people of God to be light to the world and children of light.
How can we as the Church be light bearers of Christ in this dark world?
How is Christ revealed through your faith, life and actions?
How are you made complete for knowing the light that casts out all darkness?
Blessings on your journey!
Pastor Amy Little