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8th Jan. 2017 The Epiphany of the Lord

posted 6 Jan 2017, 13:02 by Veronica Yarwood


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