After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
Isn’t it interesting that the brightest thing in our sky – something we cannot help but notice and upon which we depend for our very lives – is also something we can not look at?
As children we heard it over and over again: Don’t look at the sun; it will hurt your eyes.
This is the Feast of Epiphany. For Christians in the west Christmas is over by December 26. For our Orthodox sisters and brothers the real Christmas is today. This is the day we celebrate the people who not only lived in the warmth of the Light; they looked right at it. It didn’t blind them. In fact it had just the opposite effect – it enabled them to truly see.
Let us be like those who came to Philip in the Gospel of John. They had only one request: Sir, they said, we would like to see Jesus.
Let that be our request as well on this Feast of Epiphany.
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