Offering the Little We Have

Post date: Jan 5, 2018 10:57:40 PM

7 January 2018 ( The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord )

[Isaiah 60:1-6] [Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6] [Matthew 2:1-12]

The encounter of the Magi with King Herod in today’s Gospel presents us with three different reactions to the birth of Jesus. The first is that of hatred. Herod hated Jesus because he was a potential threat to his kingship. To the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus was the radical law reformer who lashed out at their scrupulosity of the Law. Many people today oppose Christ and His Church because of their selfishness and unjust lives. The second reaction was that of indifference, the scribes, Pharisees and chief priests knew of the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures that foretold His birth but their own selfishness superseded their quest for the truth impeding them from visiting the Christ child. The third was that of adoration. The Magi and the shepherds offered the only gifts they had in adoration of the Christ child, their love, tears of joy and that of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Let us offer what little gifts we have today to Him who was born. Come let us adore Him!