The Epiphany of the Lord
In today’s readings we hear again about the light from the star that first led shepherds and now kings to the baby Jesus. Isaiah and the psalm describe a life lived in the light of promise and peace. Matthew tells not only of the light but also of evil. Herod, who meets the magi on their way to see Jesus, lies. He pretends to be someone he is not. He pretends to believe in the power of this child. The struggle between truth and falsehood, between light and dark begins again. The magi are not deceived and the family is saved, but the threat that this child represents to the established order is clear. The Epiphany makes known the promise that this child, our Savior, is for the whole world, a promise that restores light to a world darkened by evil.
LIFE IN THE DARK
In Isaiah, we rejoice because a light has come to challenge the darkness that covers the earth. This light draws all to itself, kings and shepherds, daughters and sons. The psalm describes the wonder of life lived within the light: justice and peace flower, the poor are rescued, the afflicted are helped, and the lives of the lowly are saved. In Ephesians we are reminded that we are co-heirs of the promise, of the light, that is Jesus our Savior. But Matthew tells the rest of the story. There is opposition to the light and it is deadly. The magi are led by the light from a star, but when they encounter Herod, the light is lost to them. Herod lies to them about his intentions regarding this new king. The light returns only when the magi leave Herod. They reach the new king, a baby, and are warned to return along a way that avoids Herod, his lies and his evil intentions. They and the child are saved, but many will suffer because of the evil that lies within Herod.
LIFE IN THE LIGHT
Today we are reminded that there is darkness in the world. There is evil. Herod is concerned with protecting his position and his power. Jesus is concerned about protecting the poor and the powerless. Evil disguises itself as good. Jesus offers himself with no disguise or pretense. Evil always puts its self-interest first. Jesus always puts the poor, the afflicted, and the lowly first. The holidays are over and we return to Ordinary Time. We return to our ordinary lives. This is the most important time because it is during these ordinary days that we strengthen our understanding of the good, of Jesus, and our resolve to do good in a world where evil often seems too powerful. The joy and the promise of Christmas are made real in these ordinary days. This is the Epiphany.
Today’s Readings: Is 60:1–6; Ps 72:1–2, 7–8, 10–13; Eph 3:2–3a, 5–6; Mt 2:1–12
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