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3rd January 2016 - The Epiphany of the Lord

posted 1 Jan 2016, 07:22 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 2 Jan 2016, 12:51 by Jerry Laidler ]

H.B. & Hw.

Today we celebrate. the manifestation of the Christ. 

We celebrate the manifestation of Jesus to the Magi, the stranger, the gentile, you and me and all of us. The message of the Saviour applies and appeals to all. We all want someone to save us! The message of the Saviour travels well. 

The message of the Saviour shines brightly in our dark world. We see the three wise men as romantic: figures traditionally. Called from the east by a moving star, driven on by dreams, bearing

exotic gifts with strange sounding names they arrive at the stable.

Romantic indeed, magic certainly. But we need to get real. It takes the genius of a T.S. Eliot in his 'Journey of the Magi' to bring us down to reality, back to earth.

He helps us stare reality in the face and not to flinch.

He writes:

"A cold coming we had of it.

Just the worst time of the year for a journey,

and such a long journey:

The ways deep and the weather sharp,

The very dead of winter"

And this is reality. 
This is true Epiphany. Maybe in our life experience we will be nudged by the star of romance, idealism, dreamland, to walk towards the Saviour. Certainly it will be a long journey. At times it

will be a difficult journey. Our camels too will be 'galled, sore-footed, refractory.' They will lie down in the melting snow. 

There will be many surprises on the way too, as we walk towards the manifestation of our God. We will reach at dawn our 'temperate valleys, wet below the snowline.'

This is the challenge facing each of us: How will Jesus and his saving message manifest in my life? What is my Epiphany? We will spot the star from time to time.

But the star will take different shapes for different people. The eyes of a lover, a loyal friend, the odd

saint. Others will be led along a different path. For some of us it will be the scriptures; others will find the star in the liturgy of the Church. Others will find it in literature, in art, in science, in poetry, in music, in the ordinary everyday. God is everywhere, after all.

Whatever it may be, it is our star of wonder. Whatever it is that moves us towards God is of God. Our star of wonder. And the God we worship is beaming, bright and challenging, our star of wonder lighting our way, enlightening our minds and leading us onwards, ever onwards!