Epiphany Reflection

Updated: Apr 19


Tomorrow marks Epiphany and our starry theme for the month has sat so well with the preparation for the day. Stars hold such magic for us now as they did our ancestors, as we send satellites into space to discover worlds beyond ours we still look in awe and wonder at the sky.


One of the most famous stars in history, the Bethlehem star is said to have led the three Magi to the infant Christ, in the Gospel of Matthew it is written.


‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea,during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”


Scientists have debated for many years real events which could be explained as the star and many faithful have reasons for what it could be, most often a miraculous event which fulfilled Jewish prophecy of the coming of the messiah


“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” Isiah 60


In a lecture in 1904 Rudolf Steiner discussed his ideas on the three Magi in it he talks about the star being the Aura of Christ - the brightest light which draws the Magi to him.


“To be led by a Star means nothing else than to see the soul itself as a Star. But when is the soul seen as a Star? When a man can behold the soul as a radiant aura. But what kind of aura is so radiant that it can be a guide? There is the aura that glimmers with only a feeble light; such an aura cannot guide. There is a higher aura, that of the intelligence, which has, it is true, a flowing, up-surging light, but is not yet able to guide. But the bright aura, aglow with Budhi, is in very truth a Star, is a radiant guide. In Christ, the Star of Budhi lights up — the Star which accompanies the evolution of mankind. The Light that shines before the Magi is the soul of Christ Himself. The Second Logos Himself shines before the Magi and over the cave in Bethlehem”


I find this particular idea an interesting statement of the Epiphany quite a beautiful reflection and really wanted to share this here with you today as we prepare our celebrations. Although it does not fit with Catholic Theology it brings me to reflect and think about, as the hymn used to say .. 'This little guiding light of mine, I'm going it shine' So this Epiphany we can pray and reflect on how bright we can make our inner light and goodness - how can we in thoughts, deeds and words to shine for others to guide them from the darkness!

Peace and love dear friends , and a blessed Epiphany to you all.

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