In this connections video, Bishop Ward encourages us to let our light shine in 2018.
“Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” This Epiphany greeting is found in Isaiah 60:1.
This is the season of brilliant light, of beckoning of God, of mission out into the world. Matthew tells the story in chapter 2. A brilliant beckoning star appears in the sky. Magi from the east follow the star until it stops over the place where the Christ child lives with his mother and father. They enter the house, and there they reveal mysterious gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Strange gifts for a growing baby yet they foretell Jesus’ suffering and death and resurrection. These Magi beckon us to join the journey following the star. They beckon us also to offer our gifts to Christ in this New Year.
We lay down our lives before Christ. Christ uses us in mission in the world. Epiphany is a time of brilliant light. Epiphany is the time of mission. Epiphany is the time of witness. In these weeks of January, as we move into this New Year 2018, may the star shine brightly upon you. May the light of Christ enlighten your path and may your light be a light to all who are in your company.
For indeed this child who receives gifts from the Magi in time will teach on the mountainside and will tell the people who come, you are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do we light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candle stand so that all see it. Let your light shine. Arise and shine in this New Year. This indeed is the call, the invitation of God.