Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany.
This is much more than just a story of Magi visiting the Christ child.
This day is all about awe and wonder. It is about recognizing the cosmic impact that the Divine incarnation has, as even the heavenly bodies testify to the greatness of God through the stars.
It is about the global impact that the embodiment of the Word of God would have, as people from the far corners of the Earth are embraced by God’s holy in-breaking, compelled to seek it out.
It is about Christ’s nature: precious as gold, fragrant as frankincense, and self-giving as the myrrh used to wrap the dead in that final act of love.
The journey of the Magi will be echoed by the journey of those women who walk with spices to the empty tomb on Easter morning.
The symmetry is striking. The whole arc fills you with awe.
In these days between Epiphany and Transfiguration the church will continually ask, “Who is this Jesus?” And with story after story we’ll hear a variety of answers to that question.
But today we just get this one answer: the embodied Word is worth searching for, worth giving things up for, and worth defying the powers of this world for.
The Magi, like Jesus himself, will practice civil disobedience in an effort to keep their conscience intact, by God.
That truly is awesome.
-icon written by Puero Rican artist Fernan Mora