A Reading for Epiphany

Today is Epiphany. The day we celebrate the Gospel being opened to the all people as witnessed in the Magi traveling to worship Jesus. Outsiders…marginalized…left-behinds…that is who Epiphany stands to bring hope. May we never forget that Epiphany is not a day on the calendar but a reality in our hearts and an action plan for our churches.

Isaiah 60:1–6 (NRSV)

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
3 Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
5 Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.