The Epiphany of the Lord

Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3 & 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 (Year B)

“Arise, shine out Jerusalem, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is rising on you. Though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples.”

The prophet Isaiah skilfully described our longing for salvation as darkness searching for light. For sinful humanity, and indeed for every individual, there will always be moments of darkness. Thus the prophet Isaiah described the promised Messiah as the bearer of light, not only to Israel, but to all the nations. “I have appointed you as a covenant to the people and light of the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.”

On the feast of the Epiphany, we confess Christ as the light bringing sight to our blindness, and deliverance from hidden fear. “Lift up your eyes and look round: all are assembling and coming towards you, your sons from far away and daughters being tenderly carried.”

Sin’s undoubted consequence is the dissolution and scattering of our most cherished hopes. We see this daily in family breakdown, divisive wars and crippling poverty. We see it also in the isolation of old age and failing health.

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