LIGHT TO THE NATIONS
⏰THE SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
📕Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11); Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12
🎤LIGHT TO THE NATIONS!
In the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, we celebrate God’s revelation of himself to all of humanity, unhindered by any human limitation.
Jesus is the light that shines for all to see (cf. John 1:9). Remember that Simeon made reference to that role of being the light to those who sit in darkness and the glory of the people of Israel (Luke 2:32). That indicates a perfect fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah that Israel shall be the light to the nations (cf. Isa 60:1-6).
Really, in Jesus, this light has no limitation or obstruction but shines for all to see. The second reading is very clear on this; it does not discriminate. God’s message of salvation is for both the Jews and the gentiles. The Magi represents the pagan people but the same message of salvation and joy was also given to them (Matt 2:1-2).
In this celebration, Jesus enlightens the heart of men, thereby dispelling the darkness that shrouded the hearts of the Jews and the ignorance of the Gentiles. In that way, he wins all over to God.
Remember that the Magi were led to where Jesus was by the star. This star must not just be seen as a mere cosmic body; it is anyone or anything that Leeds people to Jesus. Everyone is therefore invited today to become stars that lead others to Christ.
Can I not also make a resolution today to be a star to all in this year? Is there anybody I am preventing from sharing in that joy of salvation either by commission or omission?
May the joy of Christs coming be felt once more in all the ends of the earth through us. And may his light dispel the darkness of unproductivity and backwardness from your life and family and radiate fruitfulness and open doors through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Have a happy Epiphany Sunday and an illuminious new year. Peace be with you.