The Epiphany

QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012

6Duration: 8:20 mins

"Today we celebrate the first disclosure of the Son of God to the gentiles, to the non-Jewish people, to Magi or Wise Men from beyond the borders of ancient Israel. These men probably came from Persia, the area today known as Iran. .. But we know little about these men except that they must have had remarkable humility. In their search for truth, they were prepared to go wherever they were guided by the star. They left their country and travelled first to Jerusalem and finally to a humble dwelling in Bethlehem, and when they saw the child Jesus with his mother Mary, the Bible records an extraordinary action: these wise men, presumabely notables of some wealth in their own country, fell to their knees and worshipped. They worshipped because they had an epiphany or theophany. In the face of Christ, they recognised the face of God-made-man."

Readings: Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12: After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.

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