O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN
Read St. Matthew 2:1-12
Epiphany is a season of making known. The coming of Jesus is first made known today to the wise men, and by relation all Gentiles. In the coming weeks, in the readings on Sunday, Jesus will make Himself known through the many and various signs and wonders that He will perform. And ultimately, the reason for Jesus coming will be made known as He begins to focus on Jerusalem and the cross.
Many claim that if Jesus came today and did signs and wonders in their presence that they would not question or doubt Him, but that they would believe immediately. I had a teacher who said that if Jesus came today, He would be broadcast over the radio and television and internet, and would reach many more people than He ever reached wandering from town to town in Israel.
The false assumption behind all of this is that Jesus does not come today, that Jesus came 2000 years ago, and that once He ascended into heaven He was no longer making Himself known to people on earth.
But the making known of Jesus continues today. It continues through the Word proclaimed in pulpits and on street corners. It continues through Baptism and Lord’ Supper. It continues through one neighbor helping another.
The readings for the season of Epiphany are about Jesus opening the eyes of the people He encountered that the one who stood before them was truly the Son of God come in the flesh, whose purpose was to bring about the salvation of man.
And now the making known of Jesus continues today because Jesus is still present among us, working in us and through us to open the eyes of those around us to the hope of salvation and eternal life that we have received from Jesus.
Epiphany is about making Jesus known to people for the first time. To those who have made the journey from Bethlehem’s manger to Calvary’s cross and the empty tomb before, Epiphany is like watching re-runs of television; you know the story. But to those who have not made the journey before, to those who do not yet know Jesus, they are still in Epiphany, learning who Jesus is and for what He has come.
Bring this Epiphany joy to others: help them to know that Jesus has come to save them from sin, death and the devil. Make the love of Jesus known to those around you.