January 6th is the last day of Christmas ending with the twelfth night Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany has been translated in the Bible as the words “coming”, “appearing”, “revelation” and also “manifestation”. It is the latter word that is most associated with Epiphany, and celebrates the day that Jesus was made known or “made manifest” to the world as the Christ, beyond the select few at the manger scene about a month earlier. Jesus was presented at the temple and immediately recognized by Anna and Simeon who revealed Him as our salvation and light.
Christmas gifts come and go, but Epiphany reminds us that a Sacred Gift appeared and keeps on appearing. Jesus eternally reveals Himself as our Holy Gift of Salvation and Light and He comes to hearts that search for Him beyond the superficial wrappings that end on December 25th. Like Anna and Simeon, may we recognize Him for who He is when He comes to us. T. Long