Mass Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6/Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6/Matthew 2:1-12

The Epiphany and Me

When I read today’s first Mass reading, I had a sudden feeling of immediacy. It tells of all people gathering in the shining glory of the Lord and speaks of daughters coming in the arms of their nurses. Well, it happened to me.

It was after midnight. The quiet hospital parking lot was covered in snow reflecting the light of nearby street lamps. As I got out of the car I remember thinking it would be nice to have a child born today on Epiphany, a favorite feast. Later that day, after I had given birth, a nurse carried in my newborn little girl, who was wide-awake and looking at me and everything around her. Today I realize what a gift not just my child but every child is. Emmanuel is present with the birth of each child. 

Prayer: Lord, reveal Yourself to me and help me to see You in all creation.