With the observance of “The Epiphany of Our Lord” – the coming of the Magi (Wise Men) to worship the Christ Child – on January 7, the Epiphany season began.
The word “epiphany” means “appearance” or “manifestation.” In the act of the Gentile Magi coming to worship the Christ Child, Jesus was “manifested” as the King/Messiah/Savior not only of the Jews, but also of the Gentiles, that is, of all nations and peoples.
This theme of “manifesting” Jesus’ identity/divinity/ministry continues throughout the Epiphany season. On the first Sunday after The Epiphany, the Church remembers Jesus’ baptism when He was, by the voice from heaven, manifested as God’s “beloved Son.” This manifestation is repeated on the last Sunday after The Epiphany (March 2, this year) as the Church remembers Jesus’ Transfiguration. In the appointed Gospel readings for the Sundays between these two bookend events, Jesus is manifested by John the Baptist as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” Jesus manifests His divine nature through numerous healings and exorcisms, and He manifests the nature of the kingdom of God as He preached His Sermon on the Mount.
In Jesus – Son of God and son of Mary – God has come to our broken world to redeem broken and sinful mankind, thus giving us PEACE and HOPE and JOY. All thanks and glory be to God!