An epiphany is a moment of sudden and great revelation or manifestation. In the east the Christian feast of epiphany commemorates Jesus’ baptism where Jesus was revealed as God’s beloved son. In the west we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the non-Jews when the young Messiah is revealed as the light of the nations and adored by the Magi. This manifestation of the Christ child continues to be symbolic of the ongoing revelation of the Emmanuel to the whole world.
These Magi, traveling from a foreign and non-Jewish nation, reveal that Jesus came for all people and that all are called to adore Him. Hence, they represent our search for Jesus and our willingness to give back to Him who gave everything for us.
So, what could we offer Jesus? We can think of the gold, frankincense, and myrrh — but these gifts are symbolic, acknowledging Jesus as the Divine King who would die to save us from sin. Gold is for a King, frankincense is a burnt offering to God, and myrrh is used for one who would die.
What we offer Jesus are gifts proper to relationships and that communicate our love and devotion. Prayer, worship and sacrifice are the gifts I think Jesus wants of us. These show our fidelity and our love for Him.
On this feast of Epiphany as we celebrate God’s revelation of Love towards us, let us commit ourselves once again to reciprocating through prayer, worship and sacrifice. Concretely I return to Our Lady’s suggestions: daily rosary, Mass, fasting, daily reading the bible, and monthly confession. Do these things and offer up the little sacrifices of daily life and we reveal to God our willingness to give back to Him who gave everything for us.