Feast of the Epiphany
“Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”
On the feast of the Epiphany, Jesus is revealed as the savior of all who brings peace, justice, and mercy.
The magi are the first formal visitors that Jesus receives from outside of Israel. They use their wisdom and track him by following a star. Upon reaching Jesus and his mother, they not only fall in homage to the “newborn king of the Jews,” but also bring Him from their treasures, gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They wanted to offer something tangible to the child.
The story we hear today in the Gospel brings the Christmas season to a fitting end. It reminds us that, like the Magi, we must seek signs of God’s activity in our own moment of history. In unique ways, each of us encounters Jesus. This happens when we stare into the face of a loved one; when we take the Eucharist; when pray in silence; when we join our parish community at prayer, and when we act with care by offering a drink to the thirsty or food to the hungry.
May we strive to grow in faith and love in the New Year!
Have a blessed week and New Year! Fr. Len