YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
HOMILY THEME: The Manifestation of God to us
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Jn. 1:1-18) Feast of the Epiphany, January 5, 2020
In today’s Gospel, we have John the Evangelist’s prologue. John begins his Gospel with the presentation of God’s plan, i.e. the Second Person of the Trinity being sent to the world to save mankind from sin. It was a most compassionate act because the Son became human. God’s Word to save became flesh both physically and spiritually. John went on to summarize the fate of the Word. He will be able to fulfill His mission. From then on, God is not anymore invisible. Jesus, the Son of God, revealed God.
The feast of the Epiphany is the manifestation of God to us. It is another Christmas story, a Christ birth event. At a certain moment in world history, for the purpose of saving us God decided to reveal Himself to us by being one with us. It was an act which touched all hearts. There were many other ways to save us. God chose the most personal and poignant way. Only a heart made of stone could not be moved or affected by it.
We have been more than a week into the Christmas season. Many of us had celebrated many Christmases. How had these celebrations changed us or made us better Christians? Was God’s personal visit in the person of Jesus fruitful? Remember that it was not only a visit by birth. Jesus lives with us. He preached and did a lot of miracles. Later, He was arrested and crucified to death. He gave His life for us! Our prayers and reflection should reveal to us the full import of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection. His saving act was the ultimate Show of God’s love and mercy.
Have you seen the Lord who manifested Himself to us? Have you met Him? We have no more reason to be blind and ignore God’s presence. Let us go to meet Him like the magi. It does. It matter where we are physically or spiritually. Jesus was born to be available for all of us. He welcomes sinners. He welcomes everyone who wanted to see, hear, touch, and smell Him! He became man and manifested Himself so we can have a meaningful and personal encounter with Him. Find Him!