The Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated today by all the mainline Christian churches of the east and the west, is a reminder of the universal call to salvation. 

As the Magi come to Bethlehem from afar, so all nations are invited to share in the promise of Jesus Christ. 

St. Leo the Great’s homily for today sees that promise made long ago to Abraham, who was told by God that his offspring would be as many as the stars in the sky.

“Let the full number of the nations take their place in the family of the patriarchs…In the persons of the Magi, let all people adore the Creator of the universe; let God be known, not only in Judea, but in the whole world…

This is the day that Abraham saw, and rejoiced to see…”

We should be like the star, drawing others who are far off, to know Christ, the saint says.

Like all mysteries, the mystery of the Epiphany is not over. It continues. How shall the nations of today, the peoples of the world, be led to Christ? How can we shine in the darkness, like the star, and lead them to the Child, the Word made flesh?

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