The twelve days of Christmas are flowing by, and we still, joyously, are at the manger. Today, we celebrate the arrival there of the Magi. Epiphany marks their coming and the greater meaning of their visit – the revelation of the Christ Child to the Gentile world.
Epiphany also reminds us that it is not enough to visit the manger for a while and then move on. The grand Magi sought out the Savior so they could worship Him and offer Him their gifts, and their example shows us the importance of putting aside our worldly cares and considerations to worship Christ with humility. But these truly wise men also left the manger with something equally important – a desire to share what they had seen and learned, a mission to carry the Light out into the world.
We also have a responsibility to carry the Light with us as we leave the manger. The thrill of discovering the beauty and power of Christ as Savior cannot – must not – be restricted to our holiday rituals. It must be a constant presence in our lives, guiding our steps, shaping our thoughts, and changing our hearts.
If we truly wish to be children of the Light, then we must allow the Light to envelop us. To change us. To drive away every shadow from our hearts, and to illuminate them so we are able to live with every thought, every word, and every action centered on the Lord. Only then can we live in the way God commands. Only then can we be truly His.
On Epiphany, let us join the Magi in their awed celebration, and celebrate the arrival of the Light. And as we rise and leave the manger, let us join the Magi in their mission to share the Light until all the world knows the Lord and rejoices in Him.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”Matthew 5:14-16