Today is the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day.
This is a weird time.
Christmas ended yesterday. Who still has Christmas decorations up?
(Rising my own hand). Although I may be a slicker, I am not a complete Grinch.
Tomorrow is the “Time after Epiphany”.
Epiphany is a special day in the church year celebrating the Wise Men, or Magi, or Kings, who visited the Christ-Child… but tends to be included in our Christmas story… so it seems strange.
These men, however, provide an Epiphany (or Revelation) about who this Christ-Child is, what the mission will be, and the ministry for that mission (we are called to continue).
We have a season to sort through the epiphanies and revelations, which will offer a new one each week until Ash Wednesday.
This first epiphany tends to focus on the gifts that these Wise Me brought, but I want to take a different focus.
We think of Advent as a time to prepare our homes, hearts, and lives for the Christ-Child, right?
Then, Christmas comes and we celebrate the arrival of our guest.
But Epiphany is a time to welcome others into our homes, hearts, and lives. Read the rest of this entry »