Lord, help me to choose what is for the glory of Your name
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (A) : Sunday 8th January 2023
Is. 60:1-6; Ps. 71:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13;
Eph. 3:2-3a,5-6; Mt. 2:1-12 (Paslter proper)
As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, we see God’s self-manifestation in the coming of the Wise Men from the East to pay homage to Jesus. These ‘magi’ paid homage to the King of the Jews, which is in contrast to the murderous intent of Herod and the Jews.
The three gifts brought by them can be interpreted symbolically: gold and myrrh indicate tribute paid to a king (1 Kings 10:2,10). Gold is also mentioned in the Old Testament among the votive gifts offered in the temple or shrine (1 Kgs. 15:15; Is. 60:6). Frankincense suggests a cultic purpose (Ex.30:34-38). These gifts reflect the royal and divine nature of Jesus.
In Herod, we see one with self-interest, power and position wanting to eliminate the newborn Messiah. In the pagan astrologers (magi), we see them meeting God and returning to their homeland enriched. The offering of gifts to God reflects an act of self-emptying.
Here we are faced with the option: to choose Jesus, Who gives life or death. So, every decision we make is either for or against God. If we choose life, then in God’s sight, we see the light and can give glory to God. This is what Prophet Isaiah refers to in the first reading.
Therefore, in our daily life, we learn to listen to the inner voice in all our decision-making processes, which is ultimately a decision for God, and we reject what is within that is against God.
Lord, help us to bear Your light wherever we may be and to choose what is for the glory of Your name.