Daily Word Of God
Matthew 2:1-3, 8, 9b-11
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. Then Herod sent them on to Bethlehem. ‘Go and find out all about the child’, he said ‘and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’
They set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- The wise men knew nothing about Jesus, yet they followed the star and undertook a long and demanding journey in the belief that a great mystery will be unfolded to them.
- When they eventually found the child Jesus, they believed that this special child is the Messiah and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
- When we participate in liturgical celebrations, we are worshipping God who is our Creator, Saviour and Spirit who empowers us to live in God’s ways. Do you participate attentively, actively and wholeheartedly during Mass?