The overarching theme in the season of Epiphany is that of the revelation of God, of how God chooses to reveal Himself and His will. Not unsurprisingly, therefore, the lessons throughout the season speak both to the reality of God’s revelation in words of prophecy and in words of Scripture. We are given the call narratives of Jeremiah and Isaiah. We witness Jesus instructing from the words of the prophets. We experience St. Paul writing of the inspiration given by God to those who teach in His Name.
Our first Sunday of the month is the Feast of the Epiphany, and all of the month is included in this season. Epiphany is a word which comes from the Greek for “manifestation”. We celebrate how God reveals Himself and His will to us, supremely in the coming of His Son. We remember (in the account of the visitation of the magi to the infant Jesus found at Mtt. 2.1—12) that the coming of the Messiah to Israel was manifested to all peoples.