God made manifest

I love the idea of the church calendar, but I have generally failed to integrate it into my life as a spiritual discipline. Being at a church that observes Advent and Lent helps, but there’s more to the church calendar than just those two seasons. So, this year, I’m going to be working at incorporating this discipline into my life.

All of that being prelude to:

Today is Epiphany. This is the day that the Church celebrates the coming of the magi, the baptism of Jesus, and the miracle at the wedding in Cana. The Western Church tends to lean more towards a focus on the magi, and the Eastern Church emphasizes the baptism more.

What a weird grab bag of events, right? But here’s what they have in common: they are all events in the Gospels where Jesus’s glory was made manifest. The magi coming to adore the newly born King of the Jews. The descending Spirit and the Father’s acclamation at the baptism. The miracle of turning water into wine, which John describes as Jesus “manifest[ing] His glory.” (John 2:11)

At Epiphany, we celebrate the glory of God having entered the world.

So today, at work, I have a lit candle on my desk (while I’m sitting there of course. Safety first!). This candle is a reminder that the glory of God shines in the darkness of this world. That the divine has broken through into our mortal wreckage. That, as John says elsewhere, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

So, today, on this Epiphany, take heart! The Light has entered the world, and no power on Earth can overthrow it.

Happy Epiphany, everyone.


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