The Epiphany of the Lord
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” Matt 2
Painting of The Three Magi in the church Chiesa di Santa Caterina da Siena a Magnapoli by Ludovico Antonio David (17th century). Credit ©sedmak/123RF.COM
Reading: Is 60:1-6
Arise, shine out, for your light has come and the glory pf the Lord has dawned upon you…
Psalm: Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13.
Response: Lord every nation on earth will adore you.
Reading: Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6
It has now been revealed to you in the Spirit, to his holy apostles and prophets, that the gentiles now have the same inheritance and form the same body and share the same promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Gospel: Matt 2:1-12
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”
Listen to John Rutter's beautiful 'Carol of the Magi' HERE
As we revisit the scripture account of journey of the magi let's consider the lessons from that story:
Are we attentive to God's presence?
Can we muster the energy to act on God's will for us?
Do we have the courage to face down opposition?
Can we give to Christ what is best in us?
Through this encounter we are transformed. We can never go back to being the same as before.
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