SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
•January 7, 2023
Gospel Bullet Points (Mathew 2:1-12)
- Today Jesus is made known, by the astrologers or kings who came from a distant place to find Him. Why would such important people leave the comfort of their homes and palaces to venture out and follow a star? They were seeking something more profound and better, that is for sure. They saw the star rising and began to follow it. They were not afraid to take a risk!
- Herod, another kind of leader, was threatened by the appearance of Jesus. His actions were motivated by self-interest. He wanted to preserve his position and authority. Unlike the astrologers, he was not looking for something better and deeper meaning in life. He was content with his position of wealth and power.
- Today, we come to the manger as well. We are called to leave our homes to make known what happened on Christmas day. Like the magi, we are invited to make known the love of a God who sent his only Son to be Emmanuel—God with us.
- Epiphany, the manifestation of the Lord (formerly called the feast of three kings), is not only celebrated today but just like Christmas, it should be celebrated throughout our lives. Christ must be manifested and revealed to men and His message be shared constantly.