January 6th, 2013Today the three wise men following the star are presented to the Christ child and God is revealed to the world.
The day of Epiphany is significant because the Christ child is not revealed to the Elders of the Jewish Church. He is revealed to three wandering clerics who would have represent differing races, religions and geography.
God’s love for his creation was revealed to a diverse group and through this revelation they became united in their plan to protect the Christ child from King Herod.
In understanding Epiphany this way I am reminded of the World War I story. A story where diverse and hated enemies put down their weapons and joined for one night, the night of Christ’s birth to sing Christmas Carols and WWI was not in that moment.
Epiphany does not mean that diverse groups of people will unite under the religious rules of ….. here you can pick any one of the many diverse Christian religions.
Verse 3 of the song ‘There’s a wideness in God’s mercy” captures well my belief on religious rules
“But we make God’s love too narrow by false limits of our own, and we magnify its strictness with a zeal God will not own”
God is revealed to be a loving inclusive Creator, Father, and Shepard, who desires that all creation enter heaven.
Epiphany is about love, acceptance, forgiveness and hope being made manifest: many paths leading to one outcome of love.
Juanita Laverty show the You Tube Video “Trip the Light” as a way of helping visualize Epiphany through diversity. Please take the time to watch this powerful video.
I was sitting at the back of church and once again was blessed by our smallest members, the children. They stopped their play when the music started and as one they stood up and looked for the source of the music. They started to clap and soon where dancing.
I believe that children will lead us in understanding the Epiphany of Diversity that God wants us to learn.