Epiphany

Today in our time of worship we shall celebrate Epiphany – which falls on January 6 this year. Epiphany is the time of year where we remember that God comes to us – whether we are ready or not – to bring Good News to the poor, to break open the cages of fear and doubt and oppression that have imprisoned us – and to shine light into dark places..

Epiphany specifically remembers the Magi – who came from far off lands and followed the star – bringing gifts to pay homage to Christ the newborn king.

Sometimes God comes to those who are far away – removed from our own experience – contrary to our own understanding of faith and politics and morality…  And because of this  – we can often miss what God is doing…

Sometimes God comes to those who are very well knows to us – those who are very familiar to us – those who share our beliefs and expectations…  And because of this – we can often miss what God is doing.

The gift the Magi bring us this day – two thousand years after the story of Matthew was first written – is that the true light of God that has come into the world helps us to see things anew…  As we look upon this world with fresh eyes – filled with the hope of the kingdom – may we see the promise of God’s love and grace everywhere we go…