When the Magi arrived in Bethlehem, what did they see? A refugee couple with their infant boy – hardly an impressive sight.
Which is more of a miracle: that the wise men found Jesus, Mary and Joseph, or that they were able to recognize this newborn as the fulfillment of their quest?
noun | epiph·a·ny | \i-ˈpi-fə-nē\
: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
Excerpts from “epiphany” at Merriam-Webster.com
What was hidden is now revealed (although it is still hidden). How very much like ordinary conversations with friends, acquaintances, and family! Even when we attempt to be as open and sincere, our words and gestures conceal as much as they reveal.
God takes on flesh in Jesus Christ in order to reveal the Father’s love for all creation. He longs for our response. He wants to enter into conversation with each and every one of us – and all of us together. Epiphany continues as each baptized person bears witness by word and deed to the presence of God in their life.
Which is more of a miracle? That I recognize Jesus in the people around me, or that they recognize him in me?
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