Epiphany

'ADORATION OF THE MAGI'The Christmas scene shifts from a humble stable with an obscure birth to the glorious revelation of Jesus as Saviour King.

An ‘epiphany’ is a showing, a revealing, an enlightening. Today’s feast shows us two vital aspects of our faith: the presence of the Son of God is revealed; and the God’s desire to save all peoples is made clear.

The ‘wise men’ are Gentiles, the first non-Jews to encounter the infant Jesus. They represent all the peoples of the world and the fact that the child is shown to them means that God wants everyone of whatever race or colour to access the salvation the child will bring.

The child is hailed with ‘sacred gifts of mystic meaning’ – this child is king, sacrifice and God. On the cross all those things will come to their climax.