A great Mystery, revealed! And your response?

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Epiphany of the Lord: January 3, 2016
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Epifanía: ¡que brille Jesús!

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La Epifanía del Señor: 5 Enero 2014
Is 60, 1-6; Sal 71; Ef 3, 2-3.5-6; Mt 2, 1-12 (more…)

Epiphany: Shine, Jesus, shine!

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Epiphany of the Lord: Jan. 5, 2014
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

The event that we celebrate today is certainly very picturesque. These three exotic figures—the Magi, who we sometimes call the Three Kings or the Wise Men—arrive in Bethlehem. They find the Christ child and kneel down, and they offer him their gifts, which are precious and just as exotic as they are: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It is a scene that we like to imagine and sing about, and to make into paintings and statues in the Nativity Scene. And in many countries, appropriately, it is this day that has traditionally be the day of giving gifts, in imitation of the Magi giving gifts to the baby Jesus.

But as picturesque as this scene is, there is much more to see. We note that officially we do not call this day “Three Kings Day,” but rather “Epiphany”: a word that is a synonym of “revelation” or “manifestation.” (more…)

Epifanía: ¿Cuál de los reyes eres tú?

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La Epifanía del Señor: 6 Enero 2013
Is 60, 1-6; Sal 71; Ef 3, 2-3.5-6; Mt 2, 1-12

Hoy oímos la historia de tres reyes. Pero cuando digo “tres reyes,” no pienso en los magos, tradicionalmente numerados como tres, con los nombres de Gaspar, Melchor, y Baltasar. En cambio pienso en otro grupo de tres reyes—¡y tú mismo eres uno de ellos! Pero, ¿cuál eres?

El rey primero es el Señor Dios, que en el principio creó el cielo y la tierra; y todo era muy bueno. Pero entonces pecaron nuestros primeros padres, corrompiendo no sólo a todo ser humano sino también todo el universo. Pero Dios no nos dejaría en nuestra miseria caída; empezó a cumplir un gran proyecto para salvarnos. (more…)

Epiphany: Which king are you?

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Epiphany of the Lord: Jan. 6, 2013
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

Today we hear the tale of three kings. But when I say “three kings,” I’m not thinking of the magi, traditionally numbered as three and named Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. It’s a different grouping I’m thinking of; and you are one of them! But which one?

The first king is the Lord God, who in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; and it was very good. But then our first parents sinned, corrupting not only all of the human race but indeed the entire universe. But God would not leave us to our fallen misery; he set into motion a great plan to save us. (more…)

Cuando llegaron los magos, la Luz comenzó a brillar a todas las naciones

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La Epifanía del Señor: 8 Enero 2012
Is 60, 1-6; Sal 71; Ef 3, 2-3.5-6; Mt 2, 1-12

“La Iglesia es misionera por naturaleza,” escribió el Papa Beato Juan Pablo II hace 20 años. “La Iglesia es misionera por naturaleza.” Hemos visto a apóstoles, sacerdotes, religiosos, laicos sin número yendo—yendo a todas partes, a todas naciones—llevándoles el evangelio y el regalo preciosísimo de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y hoy celebramos el principio de ese proyecto de que Cristo sea “Luz a las naciones”—cuando las naciones vinieron a él, en las personas de los magos.

¿Quiénes fueron esos magos? ¿De dónde vinieron? ¿Por qué siguieron la estrella a Belén? (more…)

The Magi hungered for the Light—and found him

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Epiphany of the Lord: Jan. 8, 2012
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”

Who were these magi? How to we imagine them? What motivated them, inside, to make their journey?

I often enjoy looking at what ancient and medieval commentators had to say about the Scripture. Because they have thoughts and questions that are different from commentators today, which are often refreshing. (more…)