A Gospel Reflection for January 8, Epiphany

The magi were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house, found the child with Mary, his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their coffers and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2.10-11

Matthew’s learned Gentiles, the magi, discover through their study of the heavens a new star that sets them on an earthly journey.  The star leads them to Jerusalem, where they consult Israel’s priests and scribes.  Gentile knowledge and Israelite revelation agree; both point to Bethlehem and Jesus. The wise pilgrims from afar journey on to Bethlehem. There they find Jesus and give him their gifts and their love.  Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of Jesus to Gentile seekers.

What has happened in your life that compelled you to search for more meaning?

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