So, What's Your Story?
The Festival of Epiphany, January 6th, is about the revealing of Jesus as God’s son. This Festival recalls the story of the Magi who came from the east and followed the star to Bethlehem where the infant Jesus was living with Mary and Joseph. This story proclaims that God is not just revealing himself to the people of Israel, but to all people. Since the Magi came from a foreign country, Epiphany (both the festival and the season) have a special emphasis on missions. During the season of Epiphany, we celebrate those who are missionaries in other countries and here in our own. In addition, we remember that all of us have received a call in our baptism to be God’s messengers of good news and agents of reconciliation.
In the first three weeks of the season of Epiphany we will hear stories of people
called to be God’s messengers in the world. The first story will be the baptism of
Jesus when Jesus receives his “commission” to begin his ministry. (Mark 1:4-11)
Then we will hear the story from John about Jesus calling the disciples Philip and his brother, Nathaniel. (John 1:43-51) On the third Sunday after Epiphany we will hear about the call for the disciples Andrew and Simon to drop their nets and follow Jesus. Each of these is about the call of God to work in his kingdom and work to bring about reconciliation in this world.
Each of us has a call. Each of us has a story of how we received that call. Most of us have callings that are changing as life changes. Some are simple and ordinary.
Some are challenging. But all come from God. I believe that it is important to reflect on our faith stories and the experience where we had clarity about how God was calling us in the past. This is not an exercise in nostalgia. Reflecting on the past gives us clarity about who we are, the talents that we have to share, and the ways that we might use these talents to reach people who are in need.
So during the month of January, it would be a good exercise for us to not just hear the stories of God calling people to be his witness, but to reflect on how we have been used by God in the past and how we might be used by God in the future.
Pr. Mike Robinson