Soul Food for the Hungry Adult:
Do you know that there is a STAR shining over YOU? You are the place now where Christ is dwelling. And the person beside you? The star is shining over him or her, right now. And today is our AHA! Day! Why? Because the Light has come into the whole world, has shone on the whole world and every person on the planet, past, present and future. That’s what Epiphany means.
The Day of the Epiphany is the day when we remember the wise people who came looking for Jesus, and followed the star which shone over him. It’s the day when Jesus was revealed to the wider world,- to the whole world. He has come for each and for all, for the human race.
‘Epiphany’ means the Showing, the Revealing, the moment when our eyes are opened and we see something or someone clearly for who he or she is. And this Epiphany, celebrated today, is the revealing of Jesus of Nazareth to the whole world. The Son of God, the ‘Infant King of the Jews’. Later, at the very end, ‘The King of the Jews’ will be written over his head in three languages.
So, today, we in our generation are invited to ‘follow the star’ and seek out the infant king of the Jews so that we too may ‘come to do him homage’.
And as we look at Syria, or Sub-Saharan Africa, or at any other country presently struggling with war or hunger, we remember that, yes, there is a star over every one of those places, and there is where we will find Christ, among the poor and the hungry and those suffering from HIV-Aids.
For a very personal account of two young people’s recent meeting with such poverty and suffering, take a few moments to read Declan Murphy’s diary and Lindsay Cleary’s account of their experiences this past Summer in South Africa. SERVE firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be an eye-opener for you. And that, after all, is what ‘epiphanies’ are all about.
Happy Little Christmas! Nollaig Shona na mBan!
P.S. Google ‘The Journey of the Magi’ by T.S. Eliot.