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

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

First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

Theme: “… We have come to worship him…”

Homily

Introduction

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. The feast of Epiphany of the Lord is a time in the season following Christmas day when the Church remembers that soon after Jesus’ birth some scholars and religious leaders from non-Jewish countries came to seek Jesus out. They set out searching for him when they saw his star. The reason for their journey they say is we have come to worship him. What then is worship? I know we may have many definitions for the term “worship” but for some, worship is being mindful of the presence of God. It is the experience of coming into presence of God and telling Him all together how great He is.

Explanation of the Text

Our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah exhorts the people of Israel to rise up and be counted because their salvation has been wrought. This prophecy was given when the people of Israel had returned from exile. The Prophet reassures them that their past glories will be restored. The restoration will be so great that it will attract people and nations from distant far to come and behold while they sing the praises of the God of Israel. Here too the text makes reference to non-Jews worshipping the God of Israel. This prophetic oracle seems to make allusions to the story of the three wise men from the East who came to visit Jesus in Bethlehem.

They came with a simple reason of worshipping him. Worship, the word we use in English comes from an older word within the English history of its language, which means worth ship. The act of honoring God because he is worthy of it. So the word worship is directly related to the word worth. It’s adoration, thanksgiving, prayers of all kinds, the offering of sacrifice and the making of vows. Worship embraces all of those things that are part of the history of the Jewish people and the history of the church.

The Bible makes it abundantly clear that God created man and that He created him for His Glory. Therefore, the ultimate purpose of man, according to the Bible is simply to glorify God. As Catholics our catechism also teaches that we are in this world to know God, love, serve and Worship Him so that we can gain admission in heaven. Human being is therefore made to worship God. It doesn’t matter the tribe, race, religion, colour or gender the worship of God is universal.

The year has just begun and I know many are anxious nay apprehensive since they don’t know what this year brings. Already we are struggling with covid-19 pandemic and other crises. But as people of faith we need to take a step like the wise men and turn our worries into worship. When fear and anxiety overwhelms and in the midst of worries, trials and pains, seek the Lord our God with all your hearts and worship Him in spirit and in truth. Remember when the praises go up, His Glory comes down.

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