The Epiphany of the Lord
January 5, 2020
Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13
Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
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The Word Epiphany relates to the people who are seeking truth or discovering something which does not exist in the present . We can call these people intellect or visionaries. When these people’s mind enlightens to a new realization of things which were not experienced before , the experiment becomes a discovery or an invention.
During Jesus birth same thing happened to three Scholars- Magi who were seeking the truth . They were learning and discovering the arrival of the Savior in their own religious beliefs and education. In fact they were looking for existence of a true God. At the time of their studies , analyses , references, records , they discover the exact time and place of the birth of the Savior. When they were enlightened with the truth in their research, a supernatural Star appears and guides them to the final point of discovery of the real Savior of the World. The star appears as a confirmation of their discovery.
In our time the people who make efforts and expect to live a righteous life irrespective of their beliefs, Nationality,Caste or Creed, the Holy spirit encounters them in various signs and wonders and leads them to the real truth of Life Jesus Christ. The various beliefs in fact is the plan of God to seek the real truth of life. God has permitted these beliefs as a platform to seek the real truth of life. God’s encounter or revelation did not come only to the believers but to everyone because the plan of salvation is for the whole World. It is like some people taking the direct route to the destination but some through round about and some through indirect routes but all the routes one day or the other will reach to the same destination. Some may reach early , some reach late, some reach with many struggles of life but end of the day all are paid the same wages of eternal life. This is a mystery of God’s way which the human can not reason it out or debate upon , only the revelation of God’s Wisdom can solve these mysteries.
Pope Francis is walking in this revelation for many Theologians and believers it is an fundamental Error or contradicting the teachings of the Church. The Document of human Fraternity for world Peace and living together which was signed by Pope Francis and The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb in Abudhabi on 4th Febreury 2019 , bring the common values and truths of love and harmony. Please read the full document on this link :http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/travels/2019/outside/documents/papa-francesco_20190204_documento-fratellanza-umana.html .
This is the first step by Pope Francis on inter Religious dialogues by the religious leaders. The revelation to the Non Believing Maggie’s about the Gospel truth by the Spirit of God is clear indication that the other Religious beliefs are not threat to the Gospel values but a platform of research to seek the truth. It is only a matter of time and realization of truth in these religious groups and the lack of openness among the Christian believers.
In the beginning of the Creation , all were one and belonged to the same family as brothers and sisters but as the families started growing and migrating for their daily bread and protection , the ideologies changed according to the space , time and circumstances but the reality is the whole human race is one family who believe and love their creator and one another and hate Evil. This is the common truth , rest of the worldly differences does not matter to God. God looks at the hearts and dwells in the hearts of love. The feast of Epiphany or revelation of the real truth is a great feast which has to be promoted in every parish and to be celebrated with all the brothers and sisters of other faith as one Parish family. This is the real meaning of Epiphany because Jesus is not a savior of Christians but of every brother and sister of this World.