For some, this season between Christmas and Lent is “Ordinary Time.” Since I don’t believe any time is “ordinary,” we celebrate Epiphany as a season, rather than a single day. The theme of this season is revelation, particularly the kind of revelation that is transformative.
Last week, we gave out “star words” as a reminder that we are guided by Spirit, that which is greater than ourselves. Throughout the season, we will strengthen our resolve to follow Wisdom in the same way the magi followed the star to Bethlehem. We want our journey, as individuals and as a community, to be intentional – as intentional as our choice to be part of New Branches.
Epiphany is also a season of welcoming the return of the Light – literally as we head toward spring, and spiritually as we encountered the Light of Christ during the Christmas season. Where in our lives do we need to emerge into the Light of Love? What do we keep hidden that may be causing us harm? What do we carry that may no longer be useful?
This season can be an excellent preparation for Lent. If we are intentional in how we journey now, entering into the wilderness might not be quite as challenging. If we are able to determine what guides us and where we are heading before Lent begins, facing the deeper longings Lent can uncover might be a bit easier.
As we continue on our way, let us not leave behind the lessons of Advent and Christmas – the Light of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love continues to shine in, through, and around us. Let us continue to be present for one another, sharing our burdens and our joys. Together, the journey is easier.
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