The twelve days of Christmas are coming to a close, and on January 6th it’s time to take down the tree and to celebrate the feast of Epiphany (ee-PIFF-uh-nee). It’s a Greek word meaning “to reveal”. Epiphany is about Jesus being revealed to the world.
Jesus was (obviously) born into a Jewish family in a Jewish community. He probably didn't meet anyone who wasn’t Jewish (a Gentile) until he was about eighteen months old. At that time, the family received a visit from the Wise Men. These men were the first Gentiles to acknowledge Jesus as special by seeking him out and offering him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
|Adoration of the Magi. Panel from a Roman sarcophagus, 4th century CE|
Epiphany is a special time for those of us who do not have a Jewish background, because this is the feast when Jesus is first revealed to us.
"A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Luke 2:32