“The Wait is Over!” By: Brian Flanagan, Fiat Ventures

The Feast of the Epiphany

Thankfully we’re past the Christmas rush!  I keep hearing about how brick-and-mortar stores are on the decline because of online shopping, but there were plenty of people in Walmart a couple weeks ago when I ran to do some last-minute Christmas shopping.  In the time I was waiting in line to check out, I probably could have ordered the gifts on Amazon and had them at my doorstep.

Everybody hates waiting, and advertisements really capitalize on that.  Think about how many ads you saw during this Christmas shopping season saying, “The wait is over!  The perfect ____ you’ve been looking for is finally here!”  I’ve been waiting to see a commercial advertising time-freezing clocks that give you more time in a day to get things done.  Maybe next year.  For the more realistic products we’ve been waiting for, it’s so satisfying to find out the wait is over.

The people of Israel had also been waiting…waiting for the Messiah to come.  So when the magi showed up in this week’s Gospel looking for the newborn king of the Jews, this was of course a trending topic.  King Herod is anxious to find out more.  He says to the magi, “Go and search diligently for the child.  When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and pay him homage.”

Granted Herod had some ulterior motives, since he had no plans to slide over on the throne, but I think his request of the magi is representative of something much bigger.  The world is still waiting for the Messiah.  Those of us who have a friendship with Jesus may have already found him, but most people out there, most of the people in front of and behind us in those long lines are waiting and longing for him.  They’re longing to find meaning in life, to find that which satisfies the desires of their hearts, and they can’t wait to hear where to find it.  And who are we kidding, all of us are really in that category in one way or another.

So those of us who already know Jesus, if we listen to what the people around us are really saying, will hear the same thing that Herod said to the magi, “Go and search diligently for the child.  When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”

Of course in the Gospel, the wise men get wise to Herod’s plan (see what I did there?) and don’t report back on Jesus’ whereabouts.  But in our case, we need to bring word to the world around us that we’ve found Jesus, that they too might go and pay him homage.  So this Epiphany ask yourself; when’s the last time you helped someone have an “epiphany” about what they’re really looking for in life, and how in Jesus himself is everything they’ve been waiting for?  The wait is over!  It’s time we let the world know.  Void where prohibited (hell?).  Offer expires (when you do). While supplies last (forever and ever amen).

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