Today is Epiphany marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts and one of the most important. Historically, Epiphany celebrated four things: Jesus’ nativity, the Magi’s visit to the Holy Family, Jesus’ baptism, and Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana. Each biblical event is a theophany, or epiphany, a special manifestation of Jesus Christ to mankind.
I’ve been contemplating the visit of the Three Kings, symbolizing the revelation of Jesus Christ as a light for the Gentile nations and the Savior born for the redemption of all mankind. Oh how I love the light. I find the light comforting and challenging, drawing me to something greater than myself. What if the Magi hadn’t seen the light of the star or been curious? Gods goodness drew them and they listened. They were Wise Men just as you and I can be.
The journey towards good can begin with a single question. What questions do you hold in your heart? For me, I asked God if there was more to life than what I was currently living. I was searching for more meaning and purpose. At the core I was wanting soulful connection, and on a quest for deeper love. Curiosity is a superpower. Questioning along with a little bit of faith led me on the journey of a lifetime. As I grow in awe (fear of the Lord) of God’s bigness and goodness my heart melts and I learn to fall in love. Something greater than anything this world has provided.
Fear (or awe) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, understanding marks all who attain it.Psalm 111:10
Lord, you give me a curious mind and wondering heart, help me put them to good use discerning ways to bring your goodness to those I encounter today.