The Feast of Epiphany

The word Epiphany means "manifestation." Jesus, who was born in the manger at Bethlehem, revealed himself first to the shepherds through the angels, and secondly, he revealed himself to the Magi who came from the east to adore him and offer him their gifts. The feast  of the Epiphany indicates God’s desire to reveal himself to the people who search for him continuously.

What does this feast, Epiphany, mean for us?

The three astrologers, or three kings, who found something different happening in the sky, took daring steps to follow the stars, they were even ready to travel to unknown places. Their journey wasn’t easy, but their continual thirst, their determined search, led them to their destination. These kings represent all the peoples of the earth, and they also represent our search for Jesus.

This feast is not only for the believers who continually seek the Lord’s presence. It is for those who are striving to seek the Lord in their everyday lives in various circumstances - each one of us in the different stages of our faith journey. The Spirit inspires and accompanies our quest, leading us deeper into God, the ultimate goal of all our searching.

The theme of our 20th General Chapter echoes in our hearts: “Can we still live our purpose as we begin our 3rd century?” It invites us to reflect on the word of God, “Let us go over to the other side” (Mk4:35–41). It is connected to the feast of today and reminds us of our search and purpose to live in this Big Family ‘to bring all the scattered children of God into one family’.

Happy Feast

Mercy Rani Jebamalai

Generalate, Rome