The readings for today’s feast can be found here.
The story of the Epiphany, which we just heard proclaimed in the Gospel, is a story of faith. It is a story of faith in exercise, and it is a story of faith rewarded. It then leads to a lifetime of being enlightened by the glory of God, and letting that glory shower down upon others in our lives. The three kings, the three wise men, the three magi, whatever you want to call them must have had faith, or they must have been open to receiving the faith that was being offered to them. I think that they must have been open to it, for what would the appearance of a star mean to them, unless they were open to being prepared to receive the King, the Messiah that was portended? I think that they must have been open to it because what else would have caused them to leave their kingdoms, their homeland, to travel to an unknown district in search of faith’s goal, Jesus Christ? And so, we need to ask ourselves, do we act with the same kind of faith? Do we have faith that Jesus is working steadily in our lives, begging us to come to Him? Or are we not open to receive the greatest of all gifts, the graces of Jesus Christ in our hearts. In short, do we or do we not exercise our faith in our lives, letting it encourage us to seek Him?
Moving on, after the kings reached Jerusalem, they were confronted by those who had no faith, those worldly people seeking their own power and glory. We have those kind of people all around us as well. And so I think we should as ourselves: do we display our faith to others, even though we know those others lack the faith we have? Do we hide the graces and glory God has given us in our lives, because we worry about what they might say, or do to us? Or do we embrace our faith as the wise men did, and carry on our journey towards Christ proudly?
Moving forward, the kings reached the baby Jesus and His Mother and did Him homage, bringing gifts of great worth to Him. We can ask ourselves, what do we offer to the Lord, do we offer Him what is really meaningful to Him, or just what we can spare? Do we offer Him all of the time, talent, and treasure that we could give to Him, in response to the great gifts He has given us?
I think that if most of us knew that Jesus was around the corner, we would desire to go to Him. I think that if we knew that Jesus was present here we would bring our best things to Him and do Him homage. The question is, do we do that, do we bring our best to Him, now in faith, or are we waiting for some other sort of revelation before we give all to Him?
In another Gospel, one about what would happen at the end times, Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of those amongst us, we do for Him. Can we not do homage to our King by treating others around us with respect, love, and care? Can we not be as generous with our gifts in service of others as if we saw Christ? Can we let ourselves be moved by the generosity of the faith within us, to give all to our neighbors in love? That is the call of the Gospel.
The story of the Epiphany is a story of faith, faith exercised, faith rewarded, and faith demonstrating God’s glory to others. Let us live our faith as the wise men did before us!