The Epiphany of the Lord by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah 

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The Epiphany of the Lord by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

First Reading. Is 60:1-6.
Responsorial Psalm. Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13.
Second Reading. Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6.
Gospel. Mt 2:1-12.

Theme: We have come to worship Him

Introduction

The name Epiphany comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “appearance” or “manifestation,” and refers to the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the world. In other words the word “epiphany” refers to a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization. The three readings for our reflection today highlight on the manifestation of the light into our world.

Explanation of the text

Our first reading from the Isaiah 60 expresses hope in the face of seemingly abandonment. Through the power of God, the oppressed are put into power; those once stripped of resources and goods not only receive what was taken from them, they become exceedingly wealthy in the process; those driven far from Jerusalem return. The people are therefore called upon to rise up from that state of misery to embrace the new light which brings joy to revive one’s drooping spirit.

The gradual revelation of God’s light into our gloomy nay darkened world after the fall of man reached its crescendo with the coming of our Lord Jesus; “the magi said we saw his star in the east and we have come to pay him homage”( Matt 2:1-2).

However, the story in Matthew can be divided into five scenes: the arrival of the magi (2:1-2); Herod’s alarm and consultation of the priests and the scribes (2:3-6); Herod’s request of the magi ( 2:7-8); the magi’s visit and adoration of the Christ child (2:9-11) and the departure of the magi (2:12).

The first, third and fourth scenes are punctuated by the verb “worship” or “pay homage” (proskynein), which highlights a main feature of the narrative: the magi take the role of the Gentiles who will come paying homage and bringing gifts to the Messiah according to our Psalm 72:10-11.

The sincerity of the magi’s worship of Jesus is contrasted with Herod’s insincere pledge to worship Jesus. In reality, King Herod will try to eliminate this newborn, rival “king of the Jews”, who threatens to usurp his title. The three wisemen brought gifts to the Greatest Gift of the world; Jesus Christ. Can we ever surpass God in doing kindness to Him and to one another?

My dear friends in Christ, there are so many things in our lives that we need to be grateful to God for. These men from the East followed the Star to find the new born king and pay him homage. They virtually worshipped Him. And this is what we are called upon to do as people of God. This is exactly what St Paul tells us in our second reading. The mystery that we have received leaves with no option than to be grateful in exultant praise and worship.

Remember, “When you turn your worry into worship, God will turn your battles into blessings!” Take heart by putting your trust in Him, with faith cheerfully doing all you can with His help. “Then stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed”- Joseph Smith Jr.

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