In the Epiphany story, Jesus is adored by Gentiles (the Magi) and they give homage to him. At the same time, he faces death from the leader of his own people, Herod, king of the Jews. Throughout Christ’s life from his birth to his death and even immediately after his resurrection, there will be two ways of responding to the revelation of who he is. There will be either discovery, awareness and acceptance or fear, defensiveness and anger.
There doesn’t seem to be a neutral approach to Christ. Once people hear who he claims to be and what implication this brings, they either struggle through the adventure of acceptance, or they violently reject him.
The Epiphany is still going on today. Christ is still coming into my life. I have to admit that at different times in my life I have reacted to his coming in different ways. Sometimes I have been accepting, sometimes I have rejected the Lord, especially during my college years. I rejected him because I thought I had all the answers.
Today I can honestly say I want to welcome the Lord like the Magi did and not reject him like Herod. At times when this is difficult, I know his grace will make this acceptance possible !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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