“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – St. John 1:14 (ESV)
Since the last week of November we have been celebrating the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Advent was a time when we looked forward to both the remembrance of our Savior’s coming at Christmas, as well as the fulfillment of His Second Coming.
In the Christmas Season, those twelve days from December 25th to January 6th, we immersed ourselves in the mystery of Immanuel – “God With Us”. We took to heart the message of the Nativity that God would not only come among us, but also become one of us. The splendor of the Incarnation gives way to this latest season, the Season of Epiphany.
Epiphany (from the Latin epiphaneia, meaning “showing” or “appearence”) is the season where we remember those striking moments of realization among those people present in our Lord’s early life. Those moments where the people around him encountered the same mystery of Immanuel which we previously celebrated, and realized just Who it was before them.
During this season we recall the Visit of the Magi (St. Matthew, 2), the Presentation (St. Luke, 2:22-40), the Finding in the Temple (St. Luke, 2:41-52), the Baptism of Jesus (St. John, 1:29-33), and finally his first miracle at the Marriage Feast of Cana (St. John, 2).
We also look at our own lives, praying for the profoundness of Christ’s Incarnation to show forth in our own ‘epiphanies’.
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