"He whom the Virgin bore is acknowledged today by the whole world ... Today is the glorious Feast of His Manifestation." - Roman Breviary
The Twelve Days of Christmas comes to a close with one of the greatest feasts in the Church's liturgical year: Epiphany. On this feast, we celebrate God manifesting Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, as a humble little child to the Gentiles.
Our God came not in loud voices, earthquakes, or bright flashes of light, but rather in silence as a babe, completely reliant on His parents, under a poor roof. A baby - gentle, sweet, and approachable - so that we may approach Him with all the love in our hearts and gaze upon Love Himself. O mystery Divine!
May the Mystery of the Incarnation compel each of your hearts to bow and knees to bend at the Sweet Name of Jesus - God who dwells among us and wishes to make Himself intimately known in your souls.
A Christmas Carol: by Mary A. O Reilly