On Sunday we celebrated the wonderful feast of the Epiphany (transferred from Friday). An ‘epiphany’ is a showing, a revealing, an enlightening. Sunday’s feast shows us two vital aspects of our faith: the presence of the Son of God is revealed; and the God’s desire to save all peoples is made clear. The ‘wise men’ are Gentiles, the first non-Jews to encounter the infant Jesus. They represent all the peoples of the world and the fact that the child is shown to them means that God wants everyone of whatever race or colour to access the salvation the child will bring. The child is hailed with ‘sacred gifts of mystic meaning’ – this child is king, sacrifice and God. On the cross all those things will come to their climax.
For most people the celebration of ‘Xmas’ is now well and truly a thing of the past. Perhaps they have some happy memories of it, and for some the credit card bill will be a more unhappy reminder of the season. For Christians however the feast of Christmas draws to its close on Sunday with the feast of the Epiphany, and the conclusion is anything but a damp squib. Try to do something to mark the end of the feast this weekend, celebrate it in Church and at home.