Just when you think the Christmas season is over, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. The Greek word itself means manifestation. So in many countries of the world this solemnity is their Christmas, since our Lord is revealed to the Gentile, non-Jewish world. While the scripture never really says there are three persons, tradition has it that there is since there were three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These persons were even given names: Melchior from Persia, Caspar from India, and Balthazar from Arabia. They represent different races from the world. Who were they? Magi, a member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia. Astrologers, since they studied the stars and followed the brightest to Bethlehem. Kings, probably interpreted as the fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 72:11; and wise men, learned people who advised the priests and often practiced the art of magic. The three gifts are symbolic as well. Gold for a King, frankincense for his divinity, and myrrh (priest prophets and Kings are anointed) also showing Jesus’ anointing after he died.
These mysterious figures relied on both science and faith to guide them to the Lord. They observed the night sky and studied the movement of the stars and planets, drawing conclusions from the travels of these heavenly bodies, without knowing the way to Jerusalem. But still miles from their destination, they needed guidance from the chief priests and the scribes (who quoted Micah’s words) to direct them to Bethlehem. By science or faith alone, they did not know enough; together, they found the Lord. How do we find the way to Jesus?
Love, Peace, Joy,
Christmas and New Years is a time for celebrating and showing our love and friendship with others. Since you are family to us and support the staff with time and prayers, on behalf of Fred, Carl, Donna, Mary Jo, Linda, Dale, Fr. George, and Fr. Bob, thank you for the prayers, cards, and gifts sent and given over this holiday season. May the New Year of 2022 bring us much love, joy, and peace.
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