CELEBRATING JANUARY 6: something special and unexpected
January 6 is in the feast of the Epiphany.
The “twelfth day of Christmas” (count them yourself).
Commemorating three (perhaps) royal personages (perhaps) seeking the much-awaited new king in (definitely) the wrong place.
“Epiphany” means a divine manifestation or revelation – usually with something unexpected about it.
* to the Jews it was unexpected for God to reveal himself to pagans (the wise men weren’t Jews).
* to the wise men it was unexpected that God would reveal himself in an environment of poverty (not a palace).
* to us it may be unexpected that God expects us (yes, us) to spread his gospel. His gospel. Not ecumenism. Not democracy. Not human rights. Not “liberty and equality”. . . .
To spread his gospel by living it — unembarrassed to mention it and to argue for it.
So don’t you and I need an epiphany now, in a hurry?
The forces of greed, disbelief, violence, distraction-worship — and refusal to think hard — are sidetracking us from our calling.
Let’s ask God for a personal epiphany — and the courage to stand tall and fight hard.