Saturday, January 9, 2021

The light has come

Writing about the unfortunate convergence of events on Epiphany this week, Chris Gehrz provides a good explanation of the season's liturgical significance:
Not just a single date, Epiphany is the season in the liturgical year when Christians focus on how Christ is made known to the world. It started on Wednesday with prophecy from Isaiah (“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you…Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn”) and Matthew’s story of that light reaching wise men in the East. In the weeks to come, we’ll read Mark’s accounts of John the Baptist proclaiming the coming of the Messiah, that savior calling his first disciples, and Jesus beginning to preach and perform miracles. Before the calendar turns to Lent and then Easter, Epiphany culminates with Jesus transfigured, the Father proclaiming “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
I'm entirely uninterested in discussing here the the rest of that interesting essay but thought this excerpt a usefully concise explanation of Epiphany.

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