Epiphany lights up the difference between reality and pantomime, that this story really happened, but also, that life, unlike fairy tale and pantomime, is full of contradiction and paradox. This reality the Christian message preserves and will not deny. “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.”
Like your own baby, Jesus grew up. He became that man on the Cross and alongside him again is his mother. But beyond the baby and the man, God manifested in the flesh. Here is God so taking our nature as His, that what is divine and human grows into one Person, never to be severed again. This is the stupendous happening that brings light into darkness, as St. Paul says that “in the fullness of time God sent his Son born of a woman”.
Mary is God’s instrument who carried in her womb the very Bread of Heaven that would be distributed to the faithful as their food and strength. In the Eucharist we are read more
Canon Arthur Middleton