Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Sunday Word

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.

Spend some time this week reading, pondering and praying over the Scriptures for this coming Sunday's liturgy for EPIPHANY. There's no better way to prepare for celebrating the Eucharist than to study the Word you'll hear proclaimed on the Lord's Day.

The first reading, from the prophet Isaiah, proclaims how the faith of those who worship in Jerusalem will draw all peoples to itself. You'll see the influence of this pericope on the Gospel from Matthew. He is the only evangelist to give us the story of the Magi. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, echoes the same message.

The Magi knew to follow a star in order to find the newborn child who would become a great king. The baby Jesus opened his eyes and beheld the most brilliant of starlit skies shining down on his humble birthplace. The Son of God was born literally with "stars in his eyes." No wonder the author of Revelation calls Jesus the "Morning Star."

While pondering the scriptures enjoy listening to the Robert Shaw Chorale rendition of the hymn so long associated with this feast: We Three Kings.