Through centuries of tradition, Epiphany has been the season to remember and celebrate the mission of the church, as it spreads throughout the world. As the light of the sun begins to strengthen and days lengthen during this season, so we are reminded that the light of Christ reaches ever further into our hearts and the hearts of the world - even into its most troubled corners.
This Epiphany is a time to commit ourselves to be part of this spreading of the light, of the Gospel, to the ends of the earth.
Having worshipped at the manger, the Wise Men carried the light of Christ out into the world with them, as they returned to their homes. So we, too, are called to rise from our worship at the manger and move steadily into the world, bearing the light of Christ - to the places we work, the places we study, the places we play.
And we are called always to welcome all who come to share in the light. We are called to turn the Church inside out so that the outsiders may be allowed in.
The Light of Christ has come into the world. Thanks be to God.