Beginning with the Annunciation, through Christmas, and to the Epiphany, the Gospel is revealed to us. (CCC1171) Epiphany means “a showing forth, a manifestation”. In some ways this is a high feast of evangelization for the whole Church and the world. Remember part of Pope Francis’s Christmas message was to invite even atheists to work together with us for peace, as some vision we can all share. There are obstacles to evangelization, one being the marriage in our culture of Church to Society and the life of the anonymous Christian. Christianity should be lived in the light of the Christ. The central themes this Sunday are homage, evangelization, and gifting the poor and oppressed, of whom we have plenty in the modern world. This feast sets out the mission of the Church, and its symbols of light reflect Pentecost.
Epiphany ABC Lectionary Catechesis