Today we celebrate the Epiphany. Today we celebrate the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. The word Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth.” “Historically several moments in Christ’s early life and ministry have been celebrated as “epiphanies,” including his birth in Bethlehem, the visit of the Magi, his baptism by John, and his first miracle at Cana.[1]

In the account from St. Matthew’s Gospel[2] the Magi symbolize the Gentiles’ search for a saviour. “Because the Magi represent the entire world, they also represent our search for Jesus.[3]

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it thus. “The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations.[4]

The light of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.[5]

Do you fall on your knees (even figuratively) to do your King, Our Lord Jesus Christ, homage? Do you offer him your heart each day in prayer? Maybe a challenge for this coming year?

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/epiphany-of-the-lord-sunday-connection

[2] Mt. 2:1-12

[3] https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/epiphany-of-the-lord-sunday-connection

[4] Catechism of the Catholic Church #528

[5] Mt. 2:10-12