Gospel Reflections

Feast of Epiphany

Matthew 2:1-12

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Maureen O'Brien

Published: January 04, 2015

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When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,“Where is the... Read More…


So many images catch our attention on this Feast Day.  Mangers, big and small, in churches, homes and public places include the statues of three men, three wealthy Wise Men from the East. Sometimes they are sitting on camels. At other times, they kneel in a circle around a manger. In their hands are expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And always there is the Star, a wondrous, unique Star, above a stable. It leads them to an infant, the “newborn King of the Jews” (Matt. 2:9). 

What a study in contrasts! A king born in a stable!  These wealthy men, who are probably astrologers,  saw nothing unusual about trusting a Star and so they left their comfortable homes for a long journey to the birthplace of a king. When the Star stopped above a stable in the city of Bethlehem, there were no questions; here was the birthplace of a king.

The Feast of the Epiphany is a manifestation of great love by our always Good God, as shown in the choice of Christ who enters our lives and our world. It is also a moment to remember the faith of three men, believing the stable entered was where they would encounter a king!

As I reflect on the Feast of the Epiphany this year, I wonder what the connection is between the faith of the wise men, their journey and ours.  And I believe that the Star which led them is also leading us. 

A wise woman by the name of St. Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, loved to say that “The whole earth is the Lord’s.” The heavens are too!  In following the Star of Bethlehem during this New Year 2015, we are called to move beyond the any boundaries of heart and mind which separate us from one another or justify violence.  In the light from the Star, we are called to see, truly see one another, as brothers and sisters who share the same journey.  

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