7 JANUARY 2018 – THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12
For a Gentile like me, who has benefited much from Christianity – a faith that traces its lifeline and origin to the “root of the olive tree” (Romans 11:17), namely the faith of Israel – the theme of the Epiphany of the Lord is particularly overpowering and enticing: salvation, revealed and promised by God from time immemorial through Israel, God’s chosen people, has come to the Gentiles, making them “co-heirs, members of the same body, and co-partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Eph 3:6).
What a powerful theme this is! It simply shook me to the core of my being when I first heard about it! To St Paul, the significance of this great mystery is shown in the fact that it “was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Eph 3:5).
Even more astounding, now that this great mystery has been revealed, is the fact that so many people are still unaware of it. Christians! Those of you who claim to follow Christ and believe in this great mystery! Herein lies your responsibility: proclaim this revealed mystery to the world from the top of the roof!
Bishop Fulton Sheen famously said that those who have the blessing to encounter Christ are like the magi: when they depart from Jesus, they must take a different way. For how can anyone be the same after encountering Jesus? On this Sunday of Epiphany of the Lord, may your encounter with Christ also give you a new way of life!