Immediately upon his birth, Christ – God made Man – reveals himself through cosmic signs, designated to inform his own people (the children of Israel) and the gentiles of his kingship, as the Scriptures foretold: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.
“When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” The worldly reaction to God’s revelation has always been the same, as the author of the Letter to the Hebrews attests: “Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). To those who have faith, the Word of God is a source of consolation, peace, and joy; to those without faith, it is a threat to the false security found in worldly pleasure and material gain.
“On entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage.” Only if we see with eyes of faith can we behold the true living God made flesh. Christ reveals himself to us by becoming truly present under the species of bread and wine at every Eucharistic celebration. When our hearts pulse with active faith, how can we not, like the Magi, bow and adore him?
Christ’s epiphany is the revelation of his divinity to mankind, yet it is not just a general revelation, for it affects each soul uniquely. Your personal epiphany of Christ, who reveals himself to you in the scriptures, in the Eucharist, and perhaps in ordinary events and people in your life, should make a life changing difference. How will God’s entering your life today motivate your actions and decisions?
I found this video late in the morning and decided to add it to the post, because it is fitting. Happy Epiphany!