Guided by the star of faith

The Epiphany of the Lord

Gospel Reading of the Day: The Visit of the Magi

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
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.

Quote of the Day
From Homily of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, 10th on the Gospels, Ninth Lesson

All things which He had made, bore witness that their Maker was come. Let me reckon them after the manner of men.

  • The heavens knew that He was God, and sent a star to shine over where He lay.
  • The sea knew it, and bore Him up when He walked upon it.
  • The earth knew it, and quaked when He died.
  • The sun knew it, and was darkened.
  • The rocks and walls knew it, and rent at the hour of His death.
  • Hell knew it, and gave up the dead that were in it.

God Among Us

Christmas Carol of the Day: We Three Kings

Questions of the Day

  • How does the natural world reveal God to you?

With the Wise Men, have you set out and do you also

  • See the star shining?
  • Ask “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”
  • Search diligently for the child-king?
  • Lay prostrate at the feet of Jesus?
  • Offer your best gifts?

Guided by the Holy Father and Church Fathers

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