Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
In Christmas, we celebrate the Incarnation: God’s taking human form. In the season after Epiphany, we celebrate the light being manifest.
Manifest is a great word we almost never use.
What we highlight in this next season is how the Messiah’s entering into the world changed things. That the light is in the world. And that we are participants in the divine, creative project.
There’s an interesting synergy between these words and the seasons they represent. They are nearly synonyms. But instead of being the same, they hint at movement, incorporation, and participation. While also reminding us that the divine, creative project is God’s work.
There’s movement here. It feels like our world is expanding—and with it, our role in the world.
It isn’t enough to say that the Messiah has arrived. We recognize that God manifests him in us. Through our love, generosity, and offering hope to our neighbors.
Big responsibility. Big reward. Life. Love. Hope. The whole shebang.