St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 8th January 2012
The Epiphany season calls us to ‘wake up’ and open all our senses to God’s reflection of the Light, in the birth of Jesus. ‘Arise, Shine for your Light has come’, the revealing of Jesus Christ as Light to the Gentiles has come. This heavenly light was the one the magi, spiritual leaders from the East, followed to a humble place of a child’s home. Paul confirms that the mystery of God is in this child.
In Him, are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge of God, revelation experienced by the magi also.
The magi’s role in the Epiphany story reminds us that God’s revelation come to all people and nations. As spiritual leaders from another faith, Zoroastrians, they believed all moments can reveal God’s wonder.
But the magi story is marked with tragedy and threat, as the story unfolds, they were warned in a dream to return home by another route as the king sees Jesus as a threat and will do anything to destroy Him. For Christians in Jos, Nigeria, this tragedy and threat came to pass, when their place of worship was burnt to the ground on Christmas Day, by a militant group, Boko Haram,a modern day King Herod, bound to destroy the Light of Christ.
As we reflect on the Light that has come upon us this season, we bring to light the plight of Christians in Jos and all persecuted Christians to see the light of hope, joy and peace to come, despite the thick darkness around.