Date: January 6, 2022
OK I admit it. I am worried. This ancient celebration of the visit of three wise men to Bethlehem might be displaced by the anniversary of the “insurrection” or the “attack on democracy” or “the Capitol attack” or “the riot.” Naturally what took place deserves to be remembered and analyzed. It was a serious moment for the Republic, and one we must learn from.
Yet for Christians, this is the day when the Church realizes that Jesus Christ is the Savior the whole world – that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. We invite everyone to lift their eyes away from the momentary and to focus on the eternal.
The joy of the Church calendar is that it lifts our eyes away from the ephemeral up to the eternal. Starting on the first Sunday in Advent, we journey from the birth of Jesus, through his ministry, into the tragedy of the cross, to the resurrection. Living aware of the Church calendar gives each day an eternal significance.
So if you meet someone who thinks this is the anniversary of the “insurrection” or whatever, pause and gently say: “A blessed Epiphany to you.” The news that Jesus is the light of the world should never disappear behind the ephemeral.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President