Saturday, January 3, 2015

01-04-2015 -- Epiphany, Year B

January 4, 2015 - Epiphany, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church


In the readings on this Feast of the Epiphany, there is obviously a battle going on between light and darkness, between good and evil.

King Herod is on the dark side. The Magi are following the light.

Herod lives in darkness. Herod sees plots and schemes all around him. He is insecure. He lives in fear. He is afraid of loosing his power and control over others.

He wants to kill the Christ Child because he is afraid the child will grow up and take his throne.

He is a hypocrite. He lies and steals and cheats and manipulates to get his way. He is evil.

The Magi follow the light. They seek wisdom and enlightenment.

They are fearless. They travel from afar to seek the Christ Child, the long awaited one who is destined to be the Messiah, the King of the Jews

They wanted to pay homage to the Christ Child, so they come bearing precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The gifts the Magi bring show that they are full of goodness, full of gratitude, overwhelmed with joy. They understand the importance of the child and kneel before him.

King Herod is trapped in his reign of terror. His heart is hard; he lives in darkness and evil.

The Magi see goodness and light. They have the light of Christ to guide them.

So much of our world and so many people in our world know more darkness than light. The Magi remind us that there is goodness and light.

What do we see? Do we see with the eyes of faith?

Do we hear the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading saying to us, “Your light has come. The glory of the Lord shines upon you”?

So much of our world and so many people in our world know more darkness than light.

When our lives are illuminated by the light of Christ, everything gets brighter and things become clearer.

We begin to realize that everything we have, every moment of every day, every skill, every ability, are all gifts from God.

Can we allow Christ our light to illuminate our lives as he did for the Three Wise Men? That would make us wise as well.

And in our wisdom we would see that we also have precious gifts to offer.

Our Feast of Epiphany is about the light of Christ illuminating the darkness of our lives. We see God’s gifts made manifest to us.

God is not stingy. We are given the gift of the Eucharist, the very Body and Blood of God’s only son.


The Magi were not stingy with their gifts either. Like the Wise Men, we have precious gifts to offer.

When we offer our precious gifts, through acts of kindness and charity, love and self-sacrifice, we illuminate the darkness around us which helps us to walk in the light.

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