January 7, 2018

Pastor’s Keyboard: Today is the feast of the Epiphany, when the Church celebrates the coming of the Magi to the Christ Child. Most scholars believe that Jesus was a few years old by this time. Whether this is true or not, I do not know. What is most important is what the Magi (regardless of the number, which is never given in Scripture) represents the manifestation of the Savior to the Gentiles (that is, all non-Jewish men and women). This feast reminds us that from the very beginning of our Lord’s presence on earth in human form, He was already reaching out to all people. The only ones who were present in these early years with knowledge that this Child was something special, were a few individuals and these Magi. What is a Magi? It comes from the Greek word Magos meaning Persian. These were people who could read the stars. It reminds us that the very heavens proclaimed the coming of the Messiah, at least to those who looked for Him. Let us take their example in our daily lives, not by looking at the stars, but by reading the word of God and following it. They saw the coming of the king; we know that He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Let us follow Him and adore Him, let us give Him everything we have, all our time, our money, and our love. In return we will receive so much more and have even more to give to others. Rejoice, our Savior has come!

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