Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
Why did the Magi travel so far away to Judea? What were they looking for? As we have come to understand from Scripture and Tradition, the Magi were wise men from the East who practiced astrology; they looked for signs in the heavens which foretold major world events. What they saw in the heavens was the star of Bethlehem, which foretold the birth of the king of the Jews. But this was no ordinary king; he was to be the greatest of kings – the King of kings! That compelled the Magi to travel far in search for this great king in order to give him homage.
The star of Bethlehem led the Magi to a poor child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying on a manger. As they beheld the baby Jesus, they knew that the child Jesus was not a king of this world. This child is the King of kings not because he has material wealth and earthly power, but because what he has is of far more value – he brings out the good, the true and the just in mankind.
In the Gospels, we also learn that Jesus Christ did not come only for the Jews, but for the Gentiles as well. The Magi brought with them expensive gifts fit for a king: gold, frankincense and myrrh. But at the same time, these gifts signified Jesus Christ in three ways: gold for the King of kings, frankincense for the eternal High Priest and myrrh for the most Perfect Sacrifice offered to the Father in heaven. Christ was all of these things not only for the Jews but for all of mankind. The Magi are the forerunners of those who would come to worship the risen Christ proclaimed by the apostles. The Magi acknowledged the Christ child as the King of kings, even as His kingship would not be visible until He had suffered and died on the Cross beneath the title “King of the Jews,” rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
What are we looking for in life? This New Year, it is time to let the grace of God touch our hearts and to be inspired to live good and holy lives. Many times we do not find what we want to find in life, and yet if we look closely enough, it is exactly what we needed to find – Jesus Christ manifesting Himself to us in a very special way. That is our very own epiphany!
January 3, 2019 is the Feast Day of the Holy Name of Jesus. As the patronal name of our church, we will celebrate this feast day on January 20, 2019 in lieu of the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.
|After the morning Mass today, Fr. Bill will minister the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in the chapel.|
|Parish Council meeting today at 12:30 pm
Finance Council meeting today at 1:30 pm
|Liturgy Committee meeting next week January 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm|
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