January 6th is, of course, Three Kings Day. In Christianity, it’s known as the Feast of the Epiphany.
The significance of Epiphany is the manifestation of God as a human being through Jesus Christ. It is commonly symbolized by the visitation of the Christ Child by the Three Wise Men, or Magi (Balthasar, Melchior and Caspar) and the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, which is where the tradition of exchanging gifts on January 6th in many Christian countries originates.
Another significance of Three Kings Day is the trust the Magi had in following the sign of the star leading them to Bethlehem. How many times do we not have enough trust or faith in following the signs? How many signs do we search for, yet miss because we’re looking in the wrong places?
When I named this criminally-neglected blog Searching for Signs a little over a year ago, I wasn’t thinking about the Magi and the Star of Bethlehem. Then again, maybe I was but didn’t realize it at the time. That’s the beauty of all those signs: you never know when you’re going to find them. Happy Three Kings Day!
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