Today is The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is one of the oldest Christian feasts we celebrate. Webster defines epiphany as an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure; a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being; a moment of sudden revelation or insight. But as Christians, the Epiphany is much more than that. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning “to reveal. So, the “epiphany” of Jesus, is God revealing Himself to the world – not just to a chosen few, but to every person from every nation for eternity.
God’s Epiphany happened through men from faraway lands. Human beings filled with wisdom and seeking peace. They brought gifts symbolizing different aspects of the divine, infant Savior’s life. The gift of frankincense – the sign of divinity – is offered to Jesus, the Son of God, His eternal Word made Flesh. The gift of gold – the gift for a king – is offered to Jesus the King of the Universe. The gift of myrrh – used to anoint the dead – is offered to the little divine but human savior of the world who will suffer and die for the salvation of all.
At that first Christmas, the magi sought and found God, then brought Him gifts fit for a king. What about us? Do we seek God? Do we find Him around us? What meaningful or valuable gifts do we bring Him? The answers to these questions lie deep within our hearts. Because the best gifts we can give God come from our heart – our gratitude, our humility, our will, our mind, and our love. The best gift we can give God today is ourselves. After all, it’s the gift the Lord longs to receive from each of us.