Isaiah reminds us that Israel was always intended to be a light unto the nations (Is. 49:6). Through them, God’s salvation would extend to everyone. And it is upon the arrival of the Magi, or Wise Men, emblematic of the other nations, to see Jesus, emblematic of Israel, that we see this promise fulfilled. Additionally, when they encountered Jesus they were transformed (as all are to this day). After visiting Him they left to tell others all that they had seen and heard.
Epiphany holds a twofold purpose for us as Christians. First, it is a yearly reminder that Jesus came to fulfill God’s purposes to save all nations and people. Secondly, we, who have been transformed by Jesus, are called to make Him known as well.
Toward that end, this season is also a particularly appropriate time for individual house blessings. Often our homes serve as the entryway to our church. Some of our most fruitful evangelistic efforts come through the relationships made around our dinner tables, through fellowship in our living rooms, or as a result of conversations around the grill. Our homes are a place where we reach others with the love of God. And a house blessing serves to invite Christ’s presence afresh into our homes and lives, by ‘spiritually cleaning’ away the past as we seek to serve Him therein.
Fr. Greg and I are available over the next two weeks to come pray in and through your home. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please call or email the church office to set up a time for one of us to come by. Also, please take note of the Growth Groups starting back in the next week and the study’s focus upon evangelism during this exciting and fruitful season as we make Jesus known in the world around us.
May Christ, the Son of God, be manifest in you, that your lives may be a light to the world.