epiphany

The scripture for today is:  Matthew 2: 1-12

It’s the visit of the Magi to see the recently born Jesus.  The come from a long way away, and they come bearing gifts.  Most of us think of this as part of the Nativity of Jesus.  We’re not sure exactly when they visited, just some time after he was born.

Which brings me back to Epiphany.  The word “epiphany” means for something to be revealed.  The celebration of Epiphany in the Church goes back as far as 361 a.d.  The point of this story kicking off this season of the Church is because Jesus is revealed as “Lord and King” to the Gentiles (all non-Jews).  Matthew 2: 2

My prayer is that God’s love would be revealed to you and through you in some way today.

Prayer (from Moravian Daily Texts):  Holy God with us, thank you for the light of your love that you cause to live in our hearts.  Help us to shine this light into the darkness of the world in which we live.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Bonus!  And who doesn’t appreciate a James Taylor bonus about the visit of the Magi?