v.1a How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messanger who announces peace, who brings good news...
v. 7b ...and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
To have an "epiphany" is suddenly to realize something is true. It is the proverbial light bulb going off in the head. Aha! What the "Aha" is today is two-fold.
The first "Aha" is Jesus Christ himself. He is both the messanger of good news and the good news itself--the salvation seen to the ends of the earth. And all of this, at least for the magi, whose story we tell today, in a helpless little baby. We are not told their reaction to the baby other than the offering of their gifts. But it was enough of an "Aha" that they returned home by another way, avoiding King Herod who had asked to see them before they left.
The second "Aha" is us. We Gentiles. "Aha" this day says, we are part of the great kingdom of God too. The good news is for us, the salvation for us. The astounding natue of this "Aha" is lost on us. We are used to being included, in fact now we run the show. But that wasn't clear at the start, not at all.
It's a good day to remind ourselves of and celebrate the basics. Jesus is the bearer of good news and that good news is for us. God's salvation includes you and me. Now the rest of Epiphany season we will focus on just what consequences there are to this good news. If Jesus is the light of the world, how am I called to share this light?
It has been fun to write these little reflections during Advent and Christmas and I'm actually a little sad to stop. I hope some of them have been helpful to some of you. I'd welcome any feedback you have. My plans are to take this up once again during Lent.