Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. The word epiphany means “to reveal” or a manifestation. It has come to be used in our common language to describe a moment of sudden revelation or insight. While today, in recalling the visit of the magi, we commemorate the revelation of God’s Son, the promised Messiah, to the Gentiles – the non-Jewish nations, there are other “epiphanies” that occur in the scriptures that manifest to us, give us insight into, the true identity of this newborn Jesus.
The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary highlight many of these. They are called luminous because they recall events in which the light of Christ’s true glory and identity shone through. These include Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan, the Miracle at Cana in Galilee (his first miracle – changing water into wine), the Proclamation of the Kingdom (Jesus, in his preaching, revealing his closeness to the Father), The Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist. Other epiphanies are such times as when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, when he fed the 5,000 or when he walked on water, to name a few.
In today’s festival, we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the light that scatters the darkness of the world. May we seek to be so united with Christ that our own lives might become a daily epiphany, a daily revelation of Christ’s glory, to those around us, so that they, too, like the magi, might offer praise and the gift of their lives to Jesus Christ.