My Dearest Brothers and Sisters,
Today we celebrate the great feast of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as our own parish Feast Day!
The term epiphany means "to show," "to make known," "to reveal." In Western churches, we remember the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, who by doing so "reveals" Jesus to the world as Lord and King.
Jesus comes into the darkness of our world as THE LIGHT who is not just a messiah for the Jewish people but Messiah for all the nations; He is THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
As with most aspects of our liturgical calendar, the feast of the Epiphany has theological significance as a teaching tool in the Church. The Wise Men (or Magi) who brought gifts to the infant Jesus, were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as "King". They were the first to "show" or "reveal" Jesus to a wider world as the incarnate Christ. This act of worship by the Magi corresponds to Simeon’s blessing. Simeon blessed the child Jesus saying that he would be "a light for revelation to the Gentiles" (Luke 2:32). This was the first indication that Jesus came for all people, all nations, all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.
This feast is observed as a time of focusing on the mission of the Church by evangelizing others, "showing" or “revealing” Jesus as the Light of the World. Therefore, as the family under the patronage of Jesus, The Light of the World, we must take up the task of “showing” Christ to all people, striving daily to shatter the darkness of prejudice, division, poverty and apathy in our world and towards the Church. As we walk through the Holy Doors, marked and blessed for our benefit, which we open on this feast each year, let us continue to pray that we, God’s chosen ones, may be faithful to accomplishing His work. “Let it be done in and through us according to His Word.”
God’s peace and my love and prayers,