READINGS for 2007-01-07
STAR IN GOD?S BIZ
?And behold, the star...? ? Matthew 2:9
P S A L M
Paul is clear that whatever God promises the Jews as regards their salvation is now equally true of the Gentiles! This is a revolutionary thought for the Jews but one that probably makes eminent sense to us. Paul couches this understanding under the title of mystery in order to help the Jewish Christians to understand the full significance of what God is doing. By calling it a mystery, Paul leaves room for there to have been an element of misunderstanding in the past that has now been uncovered and revealed. It is the mature of faith who are willing to admit the mistakes and misunderstandings of the past in order to move on in the mission that God has given us.
G O S P E L
The wise men/kings bring gifts in order to pay homage to the newborn king. Likewise, when we approach the presence of God we should be thinking about what gifts we are willing to offer Him. The truly wise person will offer the Lord everything that he or she has as it has come from God anyway. Also, in offering our gifts and talents to the Lord He is better able to purify them to be used for His divine purpose. Let us be generous as we serve the Kingdom of God in the best way that we possibly can.
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WISE BUT POOR, ENRICHED AND WISER
Happy Three Kings? But how many kings are mentioned in the Gospel? Two: Herod and Jesus, and they are certainly not happy. The men who came from the East were ?wise men?, not kings. Moreover, it says some wise men, not three, arrived, although, there were three kinds of gifts ? gold, frankincense, myrrh ? the basis to peg the number of visitors. The correct title of today?s solemnity is ?The Lord?s Epiphany.? The highlight is the Lord, not some wise men or earthly kings.
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