Solemnity of the Epiphany
January 8, 2017
“Rise in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come.”
Stars, light, journey, dreams—so many images from today’s readings are familiar to us, especially as liturgists and musicians. We know the songs for the day and all about the Magi presenting their gifts to the child. But do we think about the deeper meaning of this day? Do we remember that this day is not just about the manifestation of the child who is king but a foreshadowing of the fact that this is the same king who will one day wear a crown of thorns and be crucified?
As difficult as it is during this joyous season, it is important to keep the connection between Christmastime and Easter. God became flesh and lived among us out of love. Jesus willingly gave up his life out of that same love. It is the love of the Trinity, the love of God, the love of life itself, and we are caught up in it. It is a love seen in a mother and her child in today’s Gospel reading and found in the bleeding and dying of a man on a cross. This is the deeper, truer meaning of today’s feast. It is a love that not only brought life into the world but continues to renew our lives today.
God of love, as we celebrate your coming among us, may we always remember that the love that brought you to birth is the same love that brought you to death and new life. Amen.
James Wickman, D.Min.