It is 6th January 2019. We celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. The readings are from Isaiah 60:1-6; the second reading is from Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; and the Gospel from Matthew 2:1-12. Three Wise men from the East, namely Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior paid their respect and worship to the New Born Child Jesus. Moving from creation to the Creator is the insight along with the theme of God is for all people and all nations is the Epiphany. It is also called Theophany, meaning the Manifestation, and the word ‘epiphany’ comes from Greek word epiphania, meaning a ‘showing’ or ‘manifestation’. Epiphany celebrates God’s revealing or manifesting of Jesus’ identity as true God, Messiah, and Saviour of the world. God reveals the complete divinity in Jesus using all that God has created. Many of us are still worshiping the created things and forgetting the one who created. Yes, we all need people to motive us and lead us in our lives. But they cannot be worshiped and given the place and honour that is due for God. These three Sears were guided by the astrological phenomena but they were able to leave the star and able to encounter the Lord of the Universe, Jesus. We need to stop worshiping the so-called star people in our lives and move towards Christ the Lord. We all need purity, generosity and untiring search for meeting the Lord until we find Christ. We all need the light of Christ to fall upon to remove the darkness that has covered us so far. We need to meet Christ with the best of the gifts in our hands and a humble and pure heart to worship Jesus and accept Him as the Lord and the Messiah of our life. In the first reading the prophet Isaiah consoles the people in exile that the restoration of their lives and their nation is soon happening by the power of the Lord. The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.” (Ps.72St. Paul teaches us that God has not left out any one in God’s divine plan. Everyone has a place in God’s salvific plan. God’s revelation is universal in the plan of God’s salvation in Christ and everyone is offered the grace through Jesus to participate in divine plan. The Gospel narrates the birth of Jesus in Bethlem and the arrival of the Magi during the time of King Herod. We all need to seek the Lord until we find Him. Some have to go through meeting the wrong people, frustrating long journey with minimum support and motivation with a lot of difficulties. Even a person who does not belong to any organised institutional structures, still find God in Jesus if they are open and willing to look for God. Our meeting with Christ must lead to a complete worship of heart, mind, spirt and body in purity. “On entering the house, the Magi saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. They opened their treasures and offer him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Mt.2:12). Even if we nothing to offer Him, let us offer very selves to the Lord Jesus. May the Lord bless each one of us to search for Him to worship Him and bring our lives closer to God who loves us. May you have a good day.

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