Today’s Readings: Isaiah 60:1–6; Psalm 72:1–2, 7–8, 10–11, 12–13; Ephesians 3:2–3a, 5–6; Matthew 2:1–12. The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates God’s manifestation to all the nations. We are familiar with the story of the three wise men and the song “We Three Kings,” but do we stop and think about what the Scriptures tell us today? In the First Reading, the prophet demands that Jerusalem rise up; God has restored the city, bathing it in light. In the Gospel, Magi from the East (representing different cultures/places) seek the Christ Child. They follow a star; they are in pursuit of truth. Upon seeing Jesus, they paid him homage. Jesus has come to save all people, and Christ’s manifestation transforms the way we see one another. Christ is at the center of our relationships, and he uses our diverse gifts and experiences to reveal the Father.
In Baptism, bathed with the Light of Christ, we are delivered from our misfortune and made into the Body of Christ. We are no longer a people of darkness; we must shine out like Jerusalem. Our lives should reflect Christ’s Divine Presence, proclaim justice to the poor, release to the captives, and attract all who seek to know truth.
© 2017 Liturgy Training Publications; 800-933-1800. Written by Timothy A. Johnston. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago on February 23, 2017.