The Epiphany of the Lord

Today we celebrate the great Feast of Epiphany – the revelation, the manifestation, of God’s love for his people, in the birth of Jesus Christ, who is Emmanuel, God With Us. For centuries the prophets had proclaimed God’s love for his people, and now that love has...

The Epiphany of the Lord

The feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ that we have celebrated stressed the identity of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, Son of God made flesh. Today’s feast, the Epiphany of the Lord, celebrates the manifestation of God in Jesus Christ as the...

The Epiphany of the Lord

Matthew’s Gospel introduces two contrasting responses to the birth of the Messiah. On one hand, the Gentile “Magi from the east” seek out “the newborn king of the Jews” in order “to do him homage.” On the other hand, Herod and his court also seek the Messiah, but only...

The Epiphany of the Lord

The story of the Magi, the first Gentiles to honor the newborn Jesus, has always fascinated those who heard of it. We are naturally intrigued by the whole account, and we have many questions: Who are these strangers, and where did they come from? What motivated them...