Homily — Epiphany MMVIII Jan. 6, 2008

Homily — Epiphany MMVIII                Jan. 6, 2008

Today the Church throughout the world, from the East to the West, solemnly celebrates the Epiphany or Manifestation of the New Born Christ to the Magi.

Today, the first of many countless Magi, who will come down through the centuries, rejoice at seeing the star right over the place they had been searching for.

For from this day forward, men and women from every race, ethnicity, and country, who, like the Magi, are highly educated, and financially prosperous, and whose names are well respected among their people,     who like the Magi are leaders in their communities,

These men and women also are called by a tiny light — the light of faith — to set out on a journey which ultimately brings them to the House of Jesus and Mary His Mother — the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church —  there to prostrate themselves before Jesus, and offer Him all that they have to give.

Many of these Magi, past and present, have had to make a long, difficult and even dangerous journey in order to arrive at their destination.

And while some have more challenging or exciting journeys than others, each and every Magi that follows the star all the way to the House where Mary and Jesus resides always leaves that house the way the first Magi did:  they depart for their country by another way; As the Gospel says.

They return to their pagan, unbelieving countries by another way, for the former way they had of worshiping the false gods of those around them no longer appeals to them.

They return to using their great wealth, their vast knowledge and learning, and their positions of authority by another way, for now they put all these talents and treasures at the service of Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

On this great Feast of the Epiphany, may you and I take our place alongside the wise Magi, the wise shepherds, and the wise sheep, and oxen and donkeys, and offer all we have to the Newborn King and God of all peoples and nations and ages.

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