Epiphany

“The word ‘epiphany’ means ‘to show forth.’ Epiphanies, both large and small, tend to be private events – yet events with great significance for the public. Trying to share the details with another of an epiphany is fraught with complications. The words are never quite right, and even the most sympathetic listener cannot fully bridge the gap between description and what is was like being there. Most of us keep our personal experiences of the Holy to ourselves. Who would believe it? And who would really understand? The irony is that epiphanies are made for sharing, even as they are impossible to communicate fully.…
“Unlike the poor shepherds, the Magi had to travel a long road; they had to face adversity to reach their goal. It was anything but a romantic, sentimental pilgrimage that we often see in our manger scenes!…
“The experience of the magi reminds us that all who make the tedious journey to the truth will finally encounter it and be changed in the process. They can never go back to a ‘business as usual’ way of life. When we meet Christ and see who he really is, we will never be the same – and only then can we hope to begin to share in his mission.…”

       ~ Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, 

 
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
~ 1 Peter 1:13
 
     2016 has already become a year of changes; my youngest will be moving, new colleague in my department, colleagues have retired mid-year.  There are others, but, you get the idea.  I’ll be brief today because of the length of the quotes.  If I never allow change, I will be stuck where I was, which may have been comfortable, but certainly not forward moving.  Take Peter’s advice: “Roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives…”
    Lord, help us to see you in the changes, and embrace you as you lead us through them.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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