Sunday, January 6, 2013
Epiphany: Christ’s Light where We have Walked in Darkness
Have seen a great light;
On those living in the land of the shadow of death
A light has dawned.” (Is 9:2 & Matt 4:15-16)
Epiphany—January 6—is the Church’s celebration of our Lord’s appearance (epiphany) to those beyond the Hebrew world. As he was revealed to the Magi from the East, his light shone to the Gentiles, as was foretold in Genesis 12, Isaiah and throughout the Old Testament. He came for all people at all times!
Light for Us
On a personal level, Epiphany is an opportunity to invite Jesus’ light into places where we might still be walking in darkness. For some of us, that darkness is the darkness of fear—we fear rejection or what others think about us. We experience continual anxiety about our health or our finances, especially in these difficult times. We fear the future, or we fear failure.
For others that darkness is shame. We have kept a secret hidden within, feeling shameful about ourselves, our actions, our bodies. For still others the darkness is a perpetual sin we walk in.
Whatever the darkness might be, this is the time to invite Jesus’ light in. Jesus appeared on this earth to bring light to all people—that includes you and me. At the beginning of this new year, let us celebrate Epiphany by inviting the Lord afresh to bring light to any area of darkness in our lives!
© 2013 Glenn E. Myers