Today is Epiphany, which means “appearance” or “coming into light.” Our attention is directed to the stories of Jesus which show us that He really was God (perfect goodness and wisdom) in the world – he was also known as Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” The season begins on January 6th, with the story of how the foreign wise men (magi) came to seek the infant Jesus and offer him gifts. On this day we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles – that is, to all nations. We go forth to witness the light that shines brightly in our midst.
A gentle voice called, “Come follow Me” and a man named Peter was drawn to respond. Peter struggled in his efforts to follow Jesus. Finally, he learned to rely only on the power and promises of God made certain by Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Jesus still invites you, “Come follow Me”. Like Peter you can learn why that invitation is so important and wonderful.