Rise and Shine
There’s a song I recall singing that goes, “Rise and shine and give God the glory.” In the First Reading today we hear these words: “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shine upon you!” These words of Isaiah remind me of the Christmas light born among us long ago in Bethlehem. That was God’s light coming in human form into our world. That light has come and the glory of the Lord shines on us. The question is – does the glory of the Lord shine through us?
We have been given a wonderful gift, the gift of faith. This faith recalls how God was born among us in Bethlehem and how He was manifest to the world. “Epiphany” means “manifestation” and on this day the manifestation of Jesus as Savior of all was made real as the non-Jewish magi came to offer Him their gifts and homage.
Like those travelers of old, we are each on a journey toward the divine kingdom. Let us bring to God our gifts and homage, living in such a way that we leave a positive mark on the world. Remember the words of St. Paul in today’s Second Reading: “we are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus.” May we each rise and shine the glory of the Lord and make His presence manifest in the world. Peace.