By: Eric Doolittle, College Chaplain
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
The arrival of the magi marks both the end of the Christmas season for the churches of the West and the highlight celebration for the Orthodox churches. It is Epiphany – literally the manifestation and revealing. It is when God’s presence in the infant child is made know to the world. It is also season for the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism. The moment when God declares to the creation that this is my beloved son.
When we start the Advent season, we sometimes forget that we are moving towards the adventus, the coming into being of God. And now the season of revelation is complete. God is with us. Emmanuel has come again.
Now we look forward to the final culmination, Emmanuel’s triumphant return to complete the work of salvation begun in the stable two thousand years ago. The work continued in the life and teachings of Jesus. The work of salvation marked in suffering of the crucifixion, and joyous declared in the Alleluia of resurrection.
Christ was born.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
God of all, implant in us the firm assurance of your presence in our life. That through the work of Jesus’ earthly ministry, we are invited into relationship with you. That through our baptism, we are joined into your covenant and are heirs of salvation. May the revelation of your Son, and the promise of life in him, renew our faith, restore our hope, and reinvigorate our work for the kingdom. All this we ask in the name God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.