The Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60: 1-6, Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6, Matthew 2: 1-12
“Lord, every nation on earth will adore you” Ps. 72
As we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany this year in 2020 and call to mind the message of the Star which led the three Kings to offer their homage to the newborn King, we are called to contemplate the call of the Star in our own lives.
Do we believe that we are being led by the Spirit of God through the people and events in our own lives into the Presence of the Holy? Where is our Star?
Even in our time, especially recent days, darkness covers the earth – wars, intolerance, racism, hatred, violence of every kind and yet, Isaiah reminds us – “Upon you, the Lord shines”. We need to focus on Jesus as our Light in the darkness. As we fill ourselves with the Light of the World, let us be able to shed that light on those places in our own lives, among family, friends, and co-workers who are dealing with sickness, broken relationships, depression and other struggles.
We are called, in the second reading, to embrace those who are outside our Faith Circle and to welcome the stranger with open arms always with respect and compassion.
Many times we can be closed to the possibility that others are also part of God’s plan to bring forth the salvation of the world.
In the Gospel, Matthew retells the story of the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews.
It is believed that the three Kings were actually astrologers, who studied the positions and relationships of the sun, moon, stars, and planets. It was a common ancient belief that a new star appeared at the time of a ruler’s birth. And so, the three astrologers were seeking a newborn King. They were also well informed of the intentions of Herod in wanting information as to the whereabouts of this child.
As we search for the Presence of God in our daily lives, we need to be aware of our own need to study the signs of the times and to be open to the Star that is guiding our way. May our prayers be answered for the Light of the World to illumine the darkness of ignorance and injustice and to fill our world with Peace and Justice in this New Year.
Sister Mary Doris, OP