for Sunday, January 3, 2010
The great theme of the liturgy today is the light of divinity shining
through the humanity of Christ and being seen and accepted by others. This
is a challenging theme because lots of the time we humans do not recognize
the divine light. We don't recognize that light in Jesus Christ and we
don't recognize it in one another.
The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, speaks of this light shining
over Jerusalem. Jerusalem is always the symbol of those chosen by God, the
symbol of the Church and the symbol of a local community as well. When we
read Scripture, we must always remember these layers of symbols and do our
best to relate to all of the layers.
How different life would be if all humans were walking in the light of
Jesus Christ! How different politics would be if every nation worked to
follow the light of Christ! How different our Church would be if everyone
were faithful to Christ's light!
Isaiah points us to the ideal kingdom of Christ and invites us to strive
to live that kingdom in our personal lives, even if nations and the Church
are not faithful. True life on our earth depends on each one of us
striving to be faithful and each day taking up the challenge of
The Letter to the Ephesians reminds us today that Epiphany is also about
the Gentiles coming to recognize Jesus as the Christ, as Lord and as God.
This means that everyone on earth is invited to this Divine banquet and can
eat the Divine food that is given for us. God invites us all. May we
recognize His invitation today and strive to respond to it.
The Gospel is about the Magi who come to visit the baby Jesus, seeking the
Savior. They offer this baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. Later
these gifts are seen to symbolize that Jesus will be our king (gold), our
priest (frankincense) and that Jesus will die for us (myrrh). This is
another invitation from God: let Jesus be our king and be our priest. May
we recognize that Jesus has died for us and that if we truly want to live,
then we must live as He lived.
Epiphany is the revelation of God to us. Epiphany is God shining through
our human experiences. Epiphany happens when we recognize Christ as our
King and our Priest. Epiphany happens when we allow Christ to die for us
and we embrace His suffering and come to asknowledge His glory.
May we come to Christ today as did the Magi. May we adore the Lord in His
holy place and love Him with all our being.
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