Friday, January 6, 2017

Epiphany


e·piph·a·ny
əˈpifənē/

noun: Epiphany; noun: epiphany; plural noun: epiphanies
  • the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12).
  • the festival commemorating the Epiphany on January 6.
  • a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being.
  • a moment of sudden revelation or insight.
The commemoration of Epiphany is the re-presenting of the manifestation of Christ to the world - symbolized by the Magi - typecast as the Wise Men from the east. Astrologers; most likely Persian mystics. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition it is also the celebration of the blessing of the waters. Which, in metaphysical terms, expresses the physical transformation of reality from a state of separation and duality from God - to a unified reciprocal reality where Christ's baptism in water - not only blesses Jesus Christ - but also blesses the water. 

The one who is holy cleanses the unholy by touching it. God and creation become one.

To me - the meaning of Epiphany is the revelation of divine love in our presence. We are not aware of its presence most of the time - it's like breathing. This is why in traditional meditation emphasis is made on being mindful of the breathe. The breathe is the divine expression of God - it's how Adam became a living being or soul. (See Genesis 2:7)

Epiphany is the twelfth day of Christmas and was historically a very significant calendar event. We have forgotten or simply allowed its significance to fade over time. It seems out of context in today's society. However, like all rituals and ceremonies it is not the actual calendar placement that makes it significant - it is holding to its meaning.

Love came into our world - not as something new - but as a timeless focused human being that expressed the fullness of God. The unknowable became intimately acquainted with us in a time and place but for eternity.

Despite circumstances and appearances that cause us to doubt and perhaps lose hope - the presence of divine love has not faded. The light of divine love has forever eliminated the seemingly absolute power of darkness and evil. Evil has no ultimate reality; like darkness it is  overcome by even the smallest glimmer of light.

We need not fear - we need not feel alone - we need not be dismayed. Epiphany; in the timeless presence of Christ has happened once and forever.

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