“There came Magi from the East to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newly born King of the Jews?. . .We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him'”.
Epiphany means “an apparition, or manifestation” of God becoming visible to the Gentile world. Today Jesus manifests a new “kingdom”, to which the star-light of “faith” guides all wise men.
The Epistle is a revealing picture of the “darkness” of the Jewish Old Testament; a prophecy also of the “brightness” of Christ shining in a world where men may now “see.”
The Gospel tells of the faith of the “Magic” divinely guided by the “star”; how this faith mani-fested itself in ac-tion by their seeking instruction from God’s priests, by prostrating their very beings and offering their best treasures before the frail Babe in Mary’s arms: God in homage to His new Kingship, symbol of their hearts offering love; Incense in homage to His Divinity, symbol of their minds offering adoration; Myrrh in homage to His Humanity, symbol of their bodies offering to do penance.
A truly great Feast! “Arise, be enlightened”.
– Catholic Culture