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Reflection: The Feast of the Epiphany
At one of his public lectures, Edward Schillebeeckx, the famous Dutch theologian,was asked how he first came to an experience of religion and God in his own life. He replied that it happened when his mother took him to the parish church and he saw the Christmas crib.
It is strange assembly at the Christmas scene: a poor family, shepherds who were at the bottom of the social ladder, and three royal figures from foreign lands with foreign gods. It was to these different and strange visitors that God first revealed the helpless child who was later to proclaim himself light for all people.
The feast of the Epiphany invites us to join this gathering of outsiders
and to see the reign of God in Jesus, the outsider whom paranoid political leaders and complacent religious leaders seek to destroy.
The reign of god continues to break in upon us in the most unexpected circumstances and people. God continues to come to us as the outsider:
the poor, the foreigner, the social outcasts, the seeker.
And when we ourselves are the outcasts, like shepherds an seekers of old, we can also be transformed by what we find in the Christmas crib of our hearts.
Loving God, continue to reveal yourself to me in all those whom I encounter:
in the poor, in the stranger, in foreigners, in those who are different from me, and especially in the bruised reed and smoldering wick-
even when they are a part of me.
By Robert Nugent, Catholic priest,
co-founder of New Ways Ministry,
from Road to Emmaus