6 January 2019. The Epiphany of the Lord
Reflection (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano, Jr.)
Gifts are always part of the Christmas tradition. Even in the Gospel today, the Magi brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This was their way of paying homage to the Lord.
In the present time, gifts are usually hidden in colored wrappers with fancy ribbons to add to the element of surprise. But today’s Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord presents to us something: God’s gift to mankind, His Son Jesus, came bare and unwrapped. God is truly a revealing God. He does not hide Himself for us to play “guessing game” with Him. God does not want to complicate things; He simply wants His will to be known.
Vocation is a gift revealed to man especially through prayer. I thank God for showing His love through this call. And as a gift, it is meant to be treasured and shared so God’s presence becomes another gift that is unwrapped and manifested. Amen.
The Gospel Today
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.