4. Epiphany: God’s Manifestation of Universal Plan of Salvation

At Jesus’ birth poor Jewish shepherds were the first to pay Jesus homage.

Sometime later wise men from the East – rich non-Jews – did him homage.

Magi used to belong to the rebellious tribe of the Medes who rose against the Persian (Iranian) King.  They were defeated.  So they dedicated themselves to the study of philosophy, religion, law and natural sciences.  They became advisers to the Kings.

So Jesus manifested himself to the non-Jews – the gentiles.  Salvation is inclusive.

Three kinds of persons in today’s gospel:

1)  Herod who was anti-Jesus; 2) priests and scribes whose attitude was one of indifference; 3) Magi who responded positively to the appearance of the star and when they found the new-born King of the Jews offered him “gifts of gold for the great King, frankincense for the true God and myrrh for his burial” (Ant. Canticle of Zechariah, Monday after Epiphany).

Pope Francis exhorted us in his Mass at St. Mary Major to overcome our indifference and to be committed to world peace.

Back to: COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop (No. 851, January 03, 2016)


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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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