Epiphany of the Lord Solemnity

Theme: Searching for the King

The magi were almost certainly not kings and we are not sure if they were rich.

They recognized Christ as the savior of the world. Whereas his people, the Jews,  for the most part, rejected him. What does Christ mean to me? To what extent is the " star"  that I follow?

1st reading ( Isaiah 60:1-6).

The exiles returned from Babylon to find their beloved Jerusalem in ruins. The prophet cheers them up with a vision of a restored city. 

2nd reading ( Ephesians 3: 2-3, 5-6)

Paul reveals the fact that God invites all, Jews and Gentiles to share on an equal footing the salvation won by Christ.

Gospel ( Mathew 2: 1-12).

This relates how three strangers came from a far country to pay homage to the  Christ child while the Jewish leaders rejected him.

A legend is told of a fourth wireman who failed to reach the Child Jesus in time because he sold off all his gifts to help the poor, the sick, and the prisoner and he was late to reach Jesus in time. Mary and Joseph had already taken the child Jesus in exile in Egypt.  He was even late to meet him during his crucifixion. 

Yet in a sense, he always had his Jesus ever since he saw the star. He had carried him with him in his mind and heart.

Jesus had inspired his deeds of love and generosity and had lit up all his journeys with meaning and hope.

A person who genuinely searching for God has already found him. In that sense, the fourth wise man had found his God.

We believe that we have found the King that is Christ But what difference does that make to us; to the meaning we find in life, to the goals we pursue to the way we treasure companions, family members,  relatives, friends, enemies,  the poor, the weak the sick, the orphans, the widows the Prisoners, those that the world doesn't care about.

May God give us the grace to search and find Jesus among the weak and vulnerable members of our society 

Fr. Mubangizi JohnBosco 


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