Happy New Year and Feliz Dia de los Reyes!
For many of us in the latino community, our season of celebration does not end on the first of January.
We celebrate Three Kings’ Day, or the Feast of the Epiphany, each year to commemorate the journey of the three wise men to Bethlehem to present the baby Jesus with gifts.
Each of these men came from a different part of the world- Europe, Arabia, and Africa. Their shared journey showed that they understood the significance of Christ’s arrival for our world: they found common ground that transcended the cultural and religious differences that divided them. These men embarked to find Christ knowing that nations and even continents could come together for purposes the supersede political, racial, and economic differences.
Beyond the significance of the gifts they gave to Christ, the actions of the wise men provide an example of how we are called to treat each other. The themes of solidarity, common ground, and sacrificial generosity which are found in Dia de Los Reyes are relevant throughout the month, and especially ten day from now as we observe Martin Luther King Day. MLK’s premise aligns with what the wise men did when they embraced diversity, practiced humility, and worked together for the sake of truths that were greater than all of them.
We look forward to all that awaits us this year, and we remember with gratitude the steadfast and courageous leaders who set an example in how they journeyed together. May our posture toward each other be as wisely focused on what unites us rather than on what divides us, and may we remain side by side to advance truth and justice in 2017.
Rev. Luis Cortes