The Epiphany of the Lord
In the days of King Herod,… magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”
The gospel of Matthew sets the birth of Jesus in the days of King Herod, a tyrannical ruler aligned with the Roman emperor. We meet these men from the East on pilgrimage, following a star and looking to find the infant king of the Jews.
Hold this question and turn to the time of his death when Jesus is questioned, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of God?” And Pilate asks, “Are you the king of the Jews?” The manifestation of God’s love for the world answers this question.
The days of King Herod brought great suffering upon God’s people. He ruled by execution of anyone who opposed him including the massacre of infants fulfilling the prophecy, “Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.” Christ comes into this world of inhumanity, suffering, and mass executions to find those guided by the star, the light of Christ.
No longer three pilgrims from afar, in the gospel they represent the nations and the hope of all people. We are among them as they enter the home. Such a simple act. What they see is a child with his mother. Take it to heart. Does your faith move you to fall in adoration? Is every person seen in Christ? God awakens our faith to make an offering of our lives.
Peter Julian Eymard brings this reality to the Eucharist to find the answer in our adoration and communion with the suffering. Do we offer the gift of self to manifest God all-embracing love?
Let us pray:
The Magi are our models, first adorers in faith.
Remain worthy of their royal faith in Jesus Christ,
Be their heirs and their love,
and one day we will be with them in their glory. Amen.
(St. Peter Julian, A Thought for Every day, Page 16.)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)