Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (R/. cf. 11); Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:2; Matthew 2:1-12
The story of the Magi is one of the most popular stories in Sacred Scripture. Artists have celebrated it in poetry (T.S. Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi,) in art (Da Vinci, Bosch, Lippi,) in fiction (Van Dyck’s The Other Wise Man,) and in opera (Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.) It is the story of being drawn out from what is familiar and led to something that exceeds one’s hopes and desires. It is a story of every restless heart that will not find rest until it rests in God. The Magi paid close attention to what was before them in the present, a star, and were open to what was valuable from the past, the prophecies given to Israel, thereby allowing both nature and divine revelation to guide them to the One who alone could fill their hearts.
The Epiphany was not a “once and for all” event. Our liturgical tradition recognizes three “showings” or “manifestations”: the journey of the Magi, the wedding feast at Cana, and the baptism of Jesus – all revelations of Jesus as the One who came to draw us toward God and one another.
What epiphanies have you had lately? What manifestations have you experienced which have brought you closer to God?