Three Kings Day

1420649488569_700January 6th is the day we typically call “Three Kings Day,” more formally known as The Epiphany.  Epiphany is derived from a Greek word ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation,” and refers, generally, to Jesus being manifested to the gentile visitors from the East.  But in truth it is more complicated than that.  What is striking is that there are a variety of liturgical celebrations and dates that are all part of our rich Catholic tradition surrounding “Epiphany.” (more)

A sign that Jesus came to save all peoples, not just his fellow Jews, is reflected in the journey of the Magi from the East and their discovery of the child.

“According to tradition, the wise men were sages, watchers of the constellations, observers of the heavens in a cultural and religious context which saw the stars as having significance and power over human affairs,” the Pope told the congregation. “The wise men represent men and woman who seek God in the world’s religions and philosophies: an unending quest.”

The Holy Spirit prompted them to follow the star, kept them strong when their quest proved difficult and filled them with the grace they needed “to have a personal encounter with the true God,” he said.

While it would have been easy to disbelieve that the baby was the Messiah, the Holy Spirit helped them “enter into the mystery,” the Pope said. “The Wise Men are thus models of conversion to the true faith, since they believed more in the goodness of God than in the apparent splendor of power.”

The feast of the Epiphany is a time for all Christians to ask themselves where God is in their lives. The Pope also said that it is important to resist the temptation to put their faith in people or things that demonstrate worldly power. (more)

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