Epiphany of the Lord

January 8, 2023

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Epiphany of the Lord

Homilist: Rev. Kevin Regan
Guest Choir: St Hugh of Grenoble Parish Choir, Greenbelt, MD
Archive Date: January 5, 2020


The Wise Men Seek Jesus

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The Wise Men travel far to meet Jesus Christ and present Him with gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. After their visit, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt to protect Christ from the wicked King Herod, who wants to have Him killed.



God’s Revelation is For All People

We live in a world that tends to segregate people along many lines, especially the weak from the powerful. This Christmas season and today’s feast remind us that God’s revelation is for all people and that Jesus was sent for all. God’s will for the human race is unity—that all may be one. This vision is yet to be achieved, and there are those still threatened by it. But today we are called to walk in the light of this truth and to ask: From whom are we still separated? What are we called do to bridge this chasm?

SOURCE: Excerpt by Joan DeMerchant; taken from the Cycle C Sunday Resources feature series. View the full series which has commentary, planning and prayer resources originally published in Celebration, the pastoral and worship planning resource which served readers from 1972 until 2019.

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Opening the Word

 Isaiah 60:1-6

Your light has come!

  • The reading from Isaiah refers to a time of great hope in ancient Israel.
  • Jerusalem, which had been destroyed by the Babylonians, was about to be rebuilt.
  • In today’s passage, Isaiah associates light with the glory of God’s presence.

 Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6

We all share the same promise!

  • In the second reading, we glimpse a beginning of God’s Kingdom in time.
  • Paul stresses that God’s promise to Israel is fulfilled in Jesus.
  • All people, both Gentiles and Jews share in salvation in Christ.

Matthew 2:1-12

They opened their coffers and presented him with gifts

  • The Gospel reading today links Jesus to God’s promise to Israel.
  • The royal title given by the Magi to Jesus points to his role as Messiah.
  • In ancient times, the birth of a great person was often associated with astrological events.

SOURCES: Content adapted from Our Sunday VisitorThe clipart is from the archive of Father Richard Lonsdale © 2000. The clipart may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.

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