Sunday 5 January
Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60.1-6, Psalm 71, Ephesians 3.2-3, 5-6, Matthew 2.1-12
An epiphany is a manifestation, a revealing of something hidden. Today’s feast points to the fact that the birth of this child is a momentous event in the history of salvation, and Matthew uses signs and images to show this. Matthew’s exotic take on the infancy of Christ might clash slightly with the far more domestic picture of that of Luke with his local shepherds, but what Matthew offers is a wider, global perspective, indeed the introduction of the star that guides the Magi actually makes the Incarnation a cosmic event – which, of course, is how Christian theology would define it.