The Feast of the Epiphany or the Feast of Light as it is also called, is upon us once again, drawing to a close the twelve days of Christmastide, which began with the revelation of Christ to Israel at His birth and ended with the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles at the epiphany.
“The star which they had observed at its rising went ahead of them until it came to a standstill over the place where the Child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star.”-
Matthew 2:9 – 2:10
The wise men saw the sign in the sky, the bright light of the star sent forth to guide them, and they followed it until it came to rest where Jesus was waiting…..
“And when they come into the house, they saw the young Child with His Mother, and fell down and prostrated themselves and did Him homage. Then they opened their coffers and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11.
During this feast day, let us remember that not only are we called to be courageous like these three wise men, by following the light of the ‘star’ we have seen, regardless of how hazardous or rough the journey may be. Each of us is called to follow the light of our faith so that we may recognize Our Lord and Ruler in whatever way He presents Himself to us. We should pray that we may bow down in adoration and pay Him the homage that He deserves especially in the Holy Eucharist.
And like those kings, we are called to carry the Light of Christ to all that we meet, so that we might spread Christ’s light throughout the lands. Let us ask the Lord to give us the courage we need so that we may proclaim that truly Christ is Lord and ruler over us and let us pray that we may become vessels for whatever He asks.