SUNDAY, 3RD JANUARY, 2021.
†SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
Is 60:1-6/Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13/Eph 3:2-3, 5-6/Mat 2:1-12
(Rev Fr Isaac Kofi Amponsah-Boateng, CSSp; Director, Holy Ghost Schools-Makueni, Sultan Hamud, Catholic Diocese of Machakos)
From the Koine Greek, “Epiphaneia” (Epiphany) means self manifestation or revelation or appearance.
Today’s Solemnity celebrates the self revelation of God Incarnate (Jesus) as Light to humanity. God, since creation has constantly revealed himself in different ways, and in our times, he has revealed himself through his Only Begotten Son (cf: Heb 1:1-2).
In the 1st Reading, Isaiah foresaw that Jerusalem, which had become a mass of ruins like the forlorn or childless widow, would become resplendent and beautiful once again like a young girl. He prophesied that the darkness of sorrow which had covered the earth would be wiped away by the light of joy of God, and as a result all people would troupe towards the light. In the Gospel, the Magi (who represent the pagan people of the earth) following the Star to discover the Light (Jesus) is fulfilment of the prophecy.
They allowed themselves to be led by the light of Christ and so discovered the truth. On their journey, they had a “Herod Moment”; a time of confusion, difficulty, discord, jealousy, hatred, discrimination and the like.
However, as the Raggae evangelist, Lucky Dube sang “Nobody can stop Raggae”, the Herod moment did not last. Herod was defeated. The star appeared once again and led them to the manger where the offered their gifts of gold to Christ the Eternal King, frankincense to Christ the High Priest, and myrrh to Christ the Everlasting Prophet whose body would see no corruption.
Paul, in the 2nd Reading, tells us that being led by the star has a liberative, salvific and unifying effects. The Light of Christ which has made manifest to all people (Greeks and Gentiles alike; men and women alike) has put darkness into asunder; God’s love has overcome human hatred.
May we be led by the Star of Christ always and discover the truth.
~•That the Star of Christ may confuse all “Herods” in our life
~•Lord, guide us by your knowledge of truth
~•That this New Year may give new hope to all the sick
Immanuel, hear us