Sunday, January 5, 2014

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord: Letting Go and Letting God

“The mystery was made known to me by revelation.” - Eph 3:3A

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Growing up, I was always a little confused by my mom’s emphasis on this day. For me, it was the day the Three Kings arrived and gave baby Jesus gifts, which meant that I would receive one last gift, too, thanks to my mom’s Italian traditions.

However, as I’ve grown, experienced more of life’s challenges and rewards, and looked a little deeper at the meaning of epiphany, Paul’s words to the Ephesians have a more powerful and significant meaning in my life. Although I sometimes find myself trying to look for grandiose, concrete revelations of God’s presence from time to time, I’ve learned that God may not always present Himself in that way.

Making that leap of faith and truly believing that God is in control can be scary and difficult though. It took me years of asking God when, where and how before realizing there may not be a shining light or dream that provided the answers. My epiphany occurred when I made the conscientious decision to stop asking and looking, and instead began simply to experience the love that God spreads all around me. That concrete action on my part to “let go and let God” led to the realization of just how much God did love me and how many gifts I did have. That epiphany of true, faithful acceptance led to the best year of my life and discoveries of love and happiness that I had wasted years waiting for a mysterious revelation to occur.

God, as you revealed yourself to the Magi through the baby Jesus after their journey of blind faith, help me accept your revelation in the glory that already surrounds me.

Reflected by Rick Billups

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