Posted by: frburke23 | January 4, 2015

Thought for Epiphany Sunday

Matthew 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

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Last night about 200 priests heard the confessions of thousands of young adults at the SEEK 2015 Conference in Nashville.  What a beautiful evening to see people experiencing the unconditional forgiveness and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Today the Church celebrates the Epiphany.  As we remember the kings bringing their finest gifts to Jesus, let us ask ourselves the following:

  • The kings traveled a long distance to meet Jesus. To what extent am I willing to go to meet Jesus?
  • The kings offered Jesus their most precious gifts. Do I bring Him my finest gifts, especially the gift of myself with all my talents?
  • The kings went back by a different route after meeting Jesus. Has my life been changed by an encounter with Jesus?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke


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