In this season of Epiphany I am drawn to the question, “What is the light the life of Jesus brought to the world?” This is the meaning of Epiphany, right? In the Gospel narrative, the life of Jesus is not a big glorious and triumphant rise to fame and fortune and power. Quite opposite, actually, his was a life of humility, healing, and profound suffering.

He was a friend of outcasts and a perceived threat by those who held the places of influence and privilege. His teaching was of the intimate relationship God desires with all of creation. The light of Jesus’ life was his unshakable bond with God and his hospitality extended to those who desired the same. I often wonder how this life of Jesus is altered to promote dominance and triumphalism in our culture and Christian history.