January 7, 2018 – The Epiphany of the Lord
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.” (Matthew 2:1-12)
A reminder to married couples on this feast of the Epiphany – your marriage serves as an epiphany:
Today’s Gospel, detailing the journey of the magi, is one of several Gospels – along with the baptism of Jesus, the wedding feast at Cana, the transfiguration – that contribute to the epiphany, through which God reveals Himself to His people.
Take a moment to turn toward your spouse and look into his or her eyes. This person you chose to marry also contributes to the epiphany. God is revealing Himself to each of you through the other.
When the two of you exchanged vows on your wedding day, you revealed God to all of those in attendance. When you went out into the world as man and wife, your lives as a married couple revealed God to everyone who observed you living out those vows. If God blessed you with children, you have been revealing God to them.
Marriage is not a simple “I do” and done. As individuals, you each have the obligation to help get your spouse to heaven. As a couple, you have the obligation to contribute to the epiphany – to reveal God to His people – through the witness of your marriage.
These are intimidating obligations. However, if you have invited God to be a part of the marriage, if He is the focus of your life together, these obligations can be met through the course of your daily lives.