This feast of the Epiphany (the moment when the Magi, wise men from the East, came to visit the baby Jesus) is a reminder to us that Christmas does not end. They bring us with them. As we become more attentive to the presence of God in every aspect of our lives – ‘the star’ of His presence guides our way too, and calls us daily to respond.
This feast day is also a profound confirmation (if one were needed) that Jesus come to Earth (Christ With Us) came in presence for all humanity. As Malcolm Guite writes: “ … in the Incarnation Christ, in taking on human nature, takes on, becomes involved in, visits, redeems the whole of humanity, not just the chosen people to whose race and culture he belonged. And what is more, when the fullness of God comes to dwell in the fullness of Christ’s humanity, then that mysterious ‘image of God’ in which all humanity was made (Genesis 1:27) is at last restored”.
May Jesus be born and reborn in Us and among Us each moment of our lives, restoring all that is broken to the fullness of Life.
It might have been just someone else’s story,
Some chosen people get a special king.
We leave them to their own peculiar glory,
We don’t belong, it doesn’t mean a thing.
But when these three arrive they bring us with them,
Gentiles like us, their wisdom might be ours;
A steady step that finds an inner rhythm,
A pilgrim’s eye that sees beyond the stars.
They did not know his name but still they sought him,
They came from otherwhere but still they found;
In temples they found those who sold and bought him,
But in the filthy stable, hallowed ground.
Their courage gives our questing hearts a voice
To seek, to find, to worship, to rejoice.
~ Malcolm Guite