Reading: Isaiah 60: 1-6
Today is Epiphany! Just as the wise men appeared to reveal and celebrate the birth of Jesus, so too do we arrive today, celebrating the gift of Jesus in our lives. Like the wise men, we too are called to reveal Jesus to the world. The star led the way for the wise men. Today, the light of the Son of Man leads the way for you and me. The light of Christ guides our path and illumines our decisions. We need the light. So too does a world living in darkness.
Verse one begins, “Arise, shine, for your light has come”. Yes indeed! Jesus Christ has come and His light is in our hearts. Verse two continues, “the Lord rises upon you, and His glory appears over you”. God is present in us, His glory waiting to be revealed through us. Our call as disciples of Jesus Christ is to take the light of Christ out into the world with us. This verse reminds us that God is present with each of us and that His glory will appear over us as we live out our faith in the world.
The world can be a dark place. Many people struggle with darkness in our world and in all of our communities. For some, the struggle is with homelessness or poverty or prejudice or abuse or discrimination or injustice or addiction. For others the struggle is with pride or control or possessions or position or ego or self-centeredness. The world can be a dark place when we struggle with these issues. There is great need in our world for the light of Christ.
We are each that light. We each carry Christ in our hearts. Can you see that light within you shining out into a dark world? Can you see yourself being the light for just one person in need of God’s love? We are called to arise and shine! This day, this day of Epiphany, may we each shine God’s light into the world, bringing honor to Christ the Lord!