Resources - The Epiphany of The Lord
Epiphany of The Lord - Year A
some people, today's feast signifies the completion of their nativity scene, the
wise men can be added at last. To others, today's feast bears a strange name that
they don't hear used in the secular world.
word "epiphany" is a Greek word that means 'revelation' or 'manifestation'
and this visit by the Magi represents the first public manifestation of Jesus
as the Christ.
begins with the birth of Jesus and the relationship with the social and political
events of the time all contributing to the truth that Jesus was an historical
figure - early historians openly attest to this truth. It is interesting that
the Magi come 'following their star' uncertain of what they will find.
go to the leader of the people, Herod, who summons the religious leaders to find
out what was happening and we hear that "Herod was perturbed and so was the
whole of Jerusalem."
is interesting that it took some outsiders to bring to their attention the most
significant event of their era, something that the Scripture had foretold for
centuries. Were they so busy with their own 'kingdoms' that they had lost sight
of the coming of the Kingdom of God.
exciting part of today's feast is that the Messiah Israel was waiting for was
in fact to become the Messiah for the whole world. The sheer delight in this reality
has ensured that this feast has been celebrated since the earliest times in the
were Gentiles who represented the deepest spiritual wisdom of their people and
yet their knowledge was only completed when it was combined with the wisdom of
Israel and the Word of God in the Scriptures.
way of acknowledging that none of us have the complete answers, that when we contribute
what we do know for the common good, a more complete picture is revealed.
journey of the Magi has not been without danger and is one of faith. They have
followed their star for this part of the journey and now that God has been revealed
to them, they will continue their journey with this inner truth.
too have been given this inner truth and we too have gifts to bring and share,
they might not be gold but they are even more valuable. We cannot let life pass
us by, we are called through our Baptism to share our gifts and complete the picture
of the invigorated body of Christ.
Ministry Resources The Epiphany of The Lord
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