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The Epiphany of the Lord According to Matthew

The Epiphany of the Lord is an infancy narrative, an account of magi from the East, observing a star and following it to meet a newborn king.

The newborn king is Jesus, with Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.

The Magi arrive in Jerusalem to consult with King Herod and learn of the birthplace of the new king.

Herod and his court are alarmed.

The scribes locate the town of Bethlehem as the place where the child would be born.

The Magi leave Jerusalem, rediscover the star, and find the baby king.

The Gospel Account

You can find the story of the Epiphany of the Lord in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 2, verses 1-12.

Click on this link to view the Gospel passage using the New American Bible translation.

The Five Decades

When you pray the five decades of this Rosary Reflection, use these five events from the Gospel.

First Decade: The Magi observe a new star and determine that a new king is born.

Second Decade: The Magi arrive in Jerusalem and consult Herod where to find the newborn king.

Third Decade: The Magi learn that Bethlehem is the birthplace and follow the star to find this newborn King.

Fourth Decade: The Magi arrive in Bethlehem to worship the newborn King and offer their gifts.

Fifth Decade: The Magi depart for their home by another way.

What to Remember

This Gospel story shows that the birth of Jesus is meant for all nations to discover and worship God.

An “epiphany” is both a manifestation and a discovery.

God reveals to the Magi that a newborn king is born; the star is a symbol of nature’s acknowledgment of this extraordinary event.

As followers of Jesus, we are invited to discover the presence of Jesus in all of life, especially in the newborn and those seeking God’s presence.

When you feel lost or disillusioned with life’s complexity, tune in to the “star” – God’s way of manifesting a better destination ahead.

Ask Jesus to help you discover His presence in all moments of your daily journey through life.

God will arrange those special moments of grace that let you encounter His love for you.

Here are a few intentions to pray for:

  • For more faith and courage to look for the “star” that points the way to Jesus.
  • That the Holy Spirit will open your heart and eyes to see the wonderful plan of God unfolding in your life.
  • For family, friends, and neighbors who are seeking more meaning and purpose in life.
  • For the Magi among us, who seek to share their treasures and wisdom, that they will experience the joy and presence of God in their midst.
  • That those like King Herod who want to control their position and power, to the end of hurting others, will seek out God’s will and become messengers of love and peace.

Feel free to pray the rosary using the Gospel when you feel a need to rise above the noise of distractions and seek out the peace of Jesus.

When This Gospel Appears

The traditional date for the feast day of the Epiphany of the Lord is January 6. In the United States, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8

Matthew’s Gospel account of The Epiphany of the Lord is proclaimed during the Mass of the day.

The most recent appearance is on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

 
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