During the season after the Epiphany, the church celebrates and reflects upon all the little epiphanies throughout Christ’s ministry that make God’s grace known. Jesus shows up at the wedding and keeps the wine flowing. He calls regular fishermen to be his co-workers. He announces good news to the poor and proclaims freedom for the captive. He ascends the Mount of Transfiguration to hold a conference with the ancient prophets—and then climbs back down to suffer in the midst of the crowds.
Through all of this, we come to realize, with prodding by the Holy Spirit, that God is present—manifest—among even us, even now. In the person of Jesus, God has chosen to meet us where we are. In spite of our imperfections, Christ moves in our midst. These epiphanies point us to him and stir our faith so that we may follow him ever more fervently. We make the connection that in Christ, we see God at work.
This message is adapted from “Epiphany” written by Phillip W. Martin that first appeared in the January 2010 issue of Café magazine. Today is Baptism of Our Lord Sunday or the first Sunday after Epiphany.