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The Epiphany of the Lord, Year B

Epiphany: The Mystery of the Magi

 


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Every year on the Second Sunday after Christmas, the Church celebrates the great feast of Epiphany. And on this feast the readings are the same: whether it’s year A, B, or C, we are going to look at the same readings every single year. This is of course the great day where we celebrate the mystery of the revelation, or the unveiling, of Christ’s kingship and his divinity. That is what Epiphany means, it is a kind of revelation or unveiling or appearing is actually probably a better translation. And in this case, it’s the appearing of Christ the King, Christ the divine Son of God. This time what we are going to do is we are going to look at the Gospel. This year, as always, it’s taken from the Gospel of Matthew and the account of the Magi, which is arguably for many people, the most iconic mystery associated with the Christmas season. The image of the Magi coming to the stable—Christ is in a manger—and bringing him the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Everyone knows about the Magi, but who are they? Why are they there? How do they know about the mystery of who Jesus was in the coming of the King? What is the significance of the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh? Those are all questions that a lot of times we have not necessarily explored in any depth. So that is what we are going to do today as we look at the great mystery of the Feast of Epiphany. So the Gospel for today begins in Matthew 2:1–12 and this is what it says....

 

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