The word “Epiphany” means “manifestation.” As at Christmastime it is the mystery of a God Who makes Himself visible, but it is no longer only to the Jews that He shows Himself, but to the Gentiles.
And behold the star, which they had seen in the East, went before them until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And entering into the house, they found the Child with Mary His Mother and failing down they adored Him. And opening their treasures they offered Him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. — Gospel, St. Matthew 2
The Imitation of Christ
For thus also Thy saints, O Lord, who now exult with Thee in the kingdom of heaven, during life awaited in faith and much patience the coming of Thy glory. What they believed, I believe; what they hoped, I hope for; and whither they are arrived, I
trust that l aIso through Thy grace shall arrive.
Had you lived at the time of the appearance of the wonderful star, you would not have hesitated one minute, would you? You would probably have left your work or play at once to travel a thousand miles to see the Infant Christ.
Just across the way, perhaps a few blocks from your own home, perhaps on your way to school, lives the same, the very same, Little Christ; and He sends you a star every day by way of an inspiration to come in, for He has something for you. And you?
I rejoiced at the things that were said to me, we shall go into the house of the Lord.