e·piph·a·ny – noun: a sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something; a comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization.
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11)
Monday morning is a great time to experience epiphany. An epiphany can be trivial, such as the sudden realization that mornings would start better if you set the coffee on a timer before you went to bed, or more transformational, “Wow, I could stop listening to abrasive talk radio every morning and spend my commute time in meditation and prayer!”
Spiritually, an epiphany has to do with awareness of the presence of the divine, a sense of, “God is truly in this place!” or “I am in the presence of God!”
In the Christian calendar, Epiphany (today) marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas, and the beginning of celebrating the fact of God’s remarkable presence. Epiphany comes to the Magi in the form of Immanuel, God with us.
This was no distant God – approachable only by the few who had access to the “Holy of Holies” in the Temple at Jerusalem. Instead, the traveling gentiles personally met The Awesome Creator of the Universe, the Lord of Lords, Jehovah, the Great I Am, the Alpha and the Omega, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Magi met Jesus, Immanuel, God with us. God. With. Us.
This is the post that officially closes the 2013-14 Christmas/Epiphany season. BUT NOT REALLY! Because God’s invitation is every day, to constantly encounter the reality of divine presence, his breaking through into time and space. Moment by moment learning how to pay homage to the king, to be followers of the Living Way of Jesus.
Happy Monday! – DEREK