This great event did not happen in a great temple or palace or other grand venue. It happened in a stable with nobody else around but the Holy Family. Even the wisest of wise men could not have predicted this ridiculous humbling. Further, when the Magi traveled, following a miraculous star in the sky, they could not have imagined that it would lead them to a tiny little town on the outskirts of the great capital, nor to a simple house. How ordinary! Yet this is where they met the King of Kings.
This is perhaps one of the Epiphany’s greatest epiphanies. In a world of glitz, glamor and spectacle, it is easy for us to think that anything worth having or doing must be big and spectacular. We are tempted to think that, in order to touch the divine, we must do BIG things and go to BIG places. I am by no means suggesting that there is no place for these things, there most certainly is. We go churches and chapels, both big and small (but hopefully always beautiful) to be inspired and to worship God and be fed by Him, but we must always remember that the King of Kings is not restricted by those walls.
Jesus Christ is found in the people and in the ordinary events of our lives, and we are called to recognize and magnify that reality. The wise men of this world, men and women who are seeking the truth, might not be following a star and might not be drawn to enter into a grand church, but they will encounter you!
The Epiphany is not simply something that happened once two thousand years ago, but should be an event that is repeated in our daily lives when we become occasions for others to encounter Christ.
Be an epiphany!
Prepared for Aleteia by the Canonry of Saint Leopold. Click here to learn more about the Canons Regular of St. Augustine.