“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30, The Message.
Happy new year! Today marks the Feast of the Epiphany. It is the first day of a seven-week season that takes us from Christmas to Ash Wednesday. Epiphany conjures notions of surprise, unveiling, revelation, and manifestation. It is a season for our awareness and openness to insight with the hope of transformation. What could be revealed to us?

Today also marks a year since the event on January 6, 2021, in which we saw the ramifications of Christian nationalism and the apostacy it is. After that event, Pope Francis commented that even “in the most mature reality, there is always something that doesn’t work, people who take a path against the community, against democracy and against the common good…Thank God this exploded [into the open] so it can be seen, so it can be remedied.” The Pope’s perspective acknowledges the unveiling nature of those events one year ago as necessary truth to be acknowledged and a pathway to healing, for no transformation, no reconciliation is possible without the truth laid bare. And how many truths we have seen unveiled, exposed to the point we can no longer ignore, in almost two years of this ongoing pandemic! It has been enough to leave many of us feeling drained, burnout, burdened, and some even wondering if our faith is impotent in the face of such realities.

The good news of Epiphany, however, is that this story of gifts is not only from long ago. Epiphany is an ongoing story today. As author Mike Morrell claims, our union with Christ is one in which we receive. He asks and I share for your reflection:

..What Epiphany is the newly-rebirthed Christ child, the ever-young God, seeking to gift us with in this new year?.
·        What ‘gold’ are we willing to enrich us?
·        What ‘frankincense’ are we willing to breathe?
·        What ‘myrrh’ are we willing to let in, under our skin?
If you found yourself in a weird time-stopping limbo this year…consider this your invitation to a sacred pause. What gifts might the reborn Christ have in store for you this year?