Fantasy shows have made a comeback on television and in the cinema. We are once again in search of mystery and that which confounds the
“iron cage” of rationality. Human beings, it seems, can only take so much of Cartesian “clear and distinct” realities. We know there is more to life than meets the eye. We have, as humans, a fascination with “the other side of
silence.” To be human is to be continually confronted with amazing grace. Sadly, we can easily become jaded and cynical. We stop looking up to the stars and into the face of a child that tells of God’s wonders. The heavens, it seems grow silent
and no longer proclaim, and make manifest the greatness of the Lord. And yet, there is indeed no conflict between religion and science. As Einstein once remarked:"science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." As Christians, we believe
that God is a mystery. But a comprehensible mystery, fully revealed not in fantasy but made manifest in our common flesh and blood in the babe of Bethlehem.
The word “Epiphany” as we know,
means to make manifest, to reveal, or to bring out of concealment. The feast of the Epiphany speaks of the visit of the magi to the infant Jesus who brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These were very symbolic and practical gifts. Gold made
it possible for the Holy Family to hide safely during the reign of King Herod. Frankincense is believed to carry prayers heavenward to God. Myrrh is oil for anointing a dead body that enhances the decomposition because family tombs were shared. Are these gifts
still significant? These wise gifts took Jesus from the womb to the tomb. A number of questions suggest themselves to us during Epiphanytide and beyond. Can you identify gifts today with such profundity. Are they timeless? Would you choose any?
What gifts do you bring to our Lord and Saviour Christ in the days that lie ahead in this season of Epiphanytide and in this New Year of grace?