The first reading at Mass today comes from the prophet Isaiah, and speaks of the fulfilment of the promises to Israel in the whole world turning and coming to the one true God.
Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord is rising on you,
though night still covers the earth
and darkness the peoples.
Above you the Lord now rises
and above you his glory appears.
The nations come to your light
and kings to your dawning brightness.
Lift up your eyes and look round:
all are assembling and coming towards you,
your sons from far away
and your daughters being tenderly carried.
At this sight you will grow radiant,
your heart throbbing and full;
since the riches of the sea will flow to you,
the wealth of the nations come to you;
camels in throngs will cover you,
and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
everyone in Sheba will come,
bringing gold and incense
and singing the praise of the Lord.
On the feast of the Epiphany we remember the nations coming in the person of the Kings.
We also must acknowledge the way in which faithlessness also manifests itself in our history, including our religious history.
The feast of the Epiphany looks forward to what is still to come as well as commemorating what has been.
The Christ child still calls us all to be one.
Images of revelation. Cathedral of Spilled Blood, St Petersburg. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.