“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.” ~Matthew 2
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and the visit of the Magi. The story of the Magi appears only in the Gospel of Matthew.
There is a mystery about the Magi. As foreigners they were knowledgeable in astronomy and understood the ancient prophesies that a Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. This Messiah was to be unlike any other, an everlasting King who would change the world forever. Wanting to see this infant King, they came bearing the unusual regal gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. When Herod learns about the reason for the visiting Magi, he makes evil plans. But God protected Jesus by having Joseph, Jesus and his mother Mary flee to Egypt.
And so the story of the Magi helps us understand the significance of Jesus birth. As the Magi recognized through the star that something of great significance was taking place, they left everything and brought their most priceless treasures so that they could worship this newborn king. We, like them, recognize Jesus as our greatest treasure too.
May we allow God space and room in our lives so that God’s plan may come to fulfillment in our own life too and that we may transformed by the gentle love of Jesus through our own actions and words to our family, children and others.
As the New Year begins, let us open our hearts to receive God’s most precious gift, His only son Jesus.
May God bless you!