It's Epiphany

Epiphany is the day in the Liturgical calendar immediately following the Christmas season. 

While many traditions, especially those in Europe and South America simply mark Epiphany on its feast day, January 6th, it can also be extended to run until the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6). I invite you to embrace this season of Epiphany today and for a few more weeks before we transition into the lenten season! 

During this time we celebrate and acknowledge that even “pagan astrologers”, men who weren’t of Jewish faith and probably never heard of Yahweh came to worship this newborn King of the Jews; the Son of God.

As Lacy Ellman puts it, “While those who waited expectantly for the coming of the Messiah were metaphorically still sleeping, these Wise Men had studied prophecies, looked for the signs and followed the path laid our before them. They knew the Sacred when they saw it, and through their Spirit-led quest, they became the first Christian pilgrims, seeking after both a star in the sky and a star on the earth— the self-proclaimed Light of the World.” 

Just like these Middle Eastern, possibly Indian scholars that had studied prophecies and were attuned to the natural world, we can follow the “star of wonder” wherever it leads and become aware of what Spirit is inviting us into. 

Whether you want to join me and celebrate Epiphany for the next few weeks or next January it can remind and invite us to pay close attention to the divine guidance, manifestations, revelations available to us every day! 

Be on the lookout for insight, awareness, prophecies, signs, dreams to continue to flow this Winter. You may have to quiet yourself to hear them, but they are readily available. 

Below is a traditional Epiphany prayer/reading that you can engage with along with an incredible Japanese artists work that could be used for Visio Divina practice.

 

Epiphany,  The gospel text for Epiphany, Year A is Matthew 2:1-12

The heavens declare

The glory of God.

Arise, shine,

For your light has come. (Isaiah 60:1)

Even the stars

Speak the name of Jesus.

Even the rocks

Proclaim his works. (Psalm 19:1-4)

The people of earth

Gather together,

Sons and daughters

From far away places.

They bring gifts of abundance and wealth

To honor you. (Isaiah 60:4)

You defend the cause of the needy,

And redeem their lives from oppression and violence. (Psalm 72:13,14)

To wise men from the East

Good news has come.

To Jews and Gentiles

Good news has come.

To the poor and oppressed

Good news has come.

To sons and daughters alike

Good news has come.

To all creation

Good news has come.

Amen

IMG_1813lge.jpg

Adoration of the Maji

Color Stencil Print by Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe, 1968, 26.5 X 23 inches

tumblr_inline_oj8ofmH4oN1qkqzlv_500.png
sarah shrevesComment