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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 3 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Once The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the "showing forth" of Jesus' birth to people beyond the borders of Palestine. The coming of the Magi to Bethlehem fulfils the prophecy of Isaiah. He had foretold that "all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God." And the Gospel for that Mass promises that all people would eventually be included among His followers, "to those who did accept Him, He gave power to become children of God." And now, on the Epiphany, the light from the skies is intensified a thousandfold, and the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that "nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance."

To the amazement of all in that region, there come foreign camels bearing foreign scholars -- wise men -- kings! Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh! What courage and perseverance those strangers have shown, to brave the dangers of travel, skepticism, and political intrigue!

But they found what they were looking for. That star gave trustworthy guidance and now triumphantly shines as guard over the lowly dwelling wherein rests the child who possesses all meaning. They fall to their knees in homage, for their learning has made them humble, and their wisdom leads them to recognize the Divine in the fragile flesh of a child.

What a silent Adoration! What loving glances they exchange with Mary and Joseph!

But for all their simple faith, their wisdom is sharp enough to detect the sham delight and murderous intentions of the wily Herod. And so they pay their respects, leave their gifts, and modestly depart for their homeland, sorrowfully aware of the terrible price justice must pay for peace.

Their role in history has been accomplished, to teach us all to follow the guidance of the Almighty, to accept our own roles as Bearers of the Light, and to follow this Christ into His Mission, to partake of His Passion, and to join the millions through the ages who will preach His Gospel of universal salvation.

The Son of God is the one Judge and Arbiter of Truth and the one Source of Light, but we are all called to be "epiphanies" -- providing glimpses of that Truth, showing the way in our own small spots of time and circumstance to a larger plan and destiny.

O Princely Child,
make us all wise men, courageous women, obedient children who will follow wherever You lead us. That means being faithful to prayer, to diligent study of our faith, sharing what we learn with others. This is the way for us to be light-bearers, lighting up the darkness and confusion in the world in which we live.

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, January 3, 2009

The Epiphany of the Lord

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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