Did anyone remember to celebrate epiphany on January 6th?
Epiphany is the day when the Church celebrates two significant events in Jesus' life.
On one hand, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches celebrate the Magi's visit to Jesus. On the other hand, Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist.
Both events mark a new beginning, a new stage in Jesus' life. Soon after the visit of the Magi, Joseph is warned in a dream that he must leave Israel with his family and become refugees in Egypt. Jesus' baptism marks the start of his three year ministry that will lead to his crucifixion, death, and resurrection.
Whether or not you celebrate Epiphany, the beginning of a new year also invites us to start afresh. Relationally, we're reminded to forgive past wrongs and restore broken relationships. Physically, we're invited to end unhealthy habits and start healthy ones. (It's time to break out the exercise clothes! It's time to renew those gym memberships!)
"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23
Spiritually, we're invited to renew our relationships with God. So, let's renew our commitments to daily prayer and scripture reading. Let's renew our commitments to serve our neighbors as ourselves. And let's renew our commitment to loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Happy New Year! Pastor Caleb