Today marks the christian feast of epiphany. It celebrates the manifestation of christ to the gentiles, as recorded in Mt 2:1–12. The word epiphany derives from a greek word that means ‘reveal’. It is a moment of sudden and great revelation or realisation. The magi looked to the stars, to heaven, yet found what they sought already among them.
- What are you looking for?
- Are you looking in the right place?
- Do you see the signs?
- How should you respond?
Perhaps we are not looking. But there are signs all around us that we should take note of. Signs that we can see in politics, in populist views and opinions, in the rise of extremism. Signs that show hate, distrust and fear. Signs that reveal the natural world crying out.
We realise things all the time. Things like how people act, things they say and do, how they change over time. But there is no real epiphany, for us, if we don’t respond, take note or change.
I realised a lot about myself in 2016. The way I thought about things and how I acted. I realised a lot about other people too. Sometimes the realisation was and still is, unclear, however, it has been revealed. I might even be trying to ignore what has been revealed, ignoring the signs. In 2017, I will act in light of what I realised.
- What do you and I and humanity need to realise?
- What needs to be revealed?
- What is our epiphany for 2017?
- What do we need to do in response?