The Christian faith is associated with a number of interesting terms that help us, as believers, to better understand our faith and our role as disciples of Christ.
One of those words is epiphany.
While some use this word to describe an awakening of sorts, it actually packs a much deeper meaning for Christians.
The Bible tells us that the Christ child was visited by magi (or wise men) who were guided to him by a star (Matt 2:1-12). This manifestation of Christ to the world is called the epiphany and is celebrated on Jan. 6 each year.
While this epiphany happened in the infant stages of Christianity, the manifestation of Christ to the world is something that happens every moment of every day from the time of the magi until now. We also believe this manifestation will never end.
Christ is made known to the world in so many ways as God’s grace reaches out constantly and lovingly to humankind. For example, we see God in the world through the work of believers.
As Christians, we are called – even commanded – to love God and others. When we do, the world may see Christ in our actions.
This brings us to another interesting Christian term: theotokos.
Mary is sometimes referred to as the theotokos or “bearer of God.” We, too, are bearers of God. How? Through our words and deeds. We show Christ to the world in how we live.
In 2022, let us consider the many ways we can display Christ to a people in need of our beautiful savior.
May we represent and re-present Christ by following his example and teachings. May we be healers and bearers of hope. May we love with abandon and usher in an era of peace. May we bless others as we have been blessed by the Divine Other.
May the world see, experience and become transformed by the ever-manifesting Christ.
This was originally published in the United Methodist Global Aids Committee newsletter for January 2022 – Volume 8, Issue 1