The theme of this school week is: Epiphany.
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” -Matthew 2:1-2
With the Feast of Epiphany upon us, our attention stays on Jesus, but shifts to that of how the Magi (or ‘wise men’) worshipped the Baby King of Kings. The Bible (Matthew 2:11) does not say there were three wise men, it only list three gifts.
The gifts they presented to the Christ Child are of significance for several reasons:
- Gold for the royalty of Jesus
- Frankincense for the divinity of Jesus
- Myrrh for the humanity (passion and death) of Jesus
Medieval legends state that their bones were put in the cathedral of Cologne, Germany, the ‘City of the Three Kings,’ brought there in 1164.
Originally they were considered and depicted as astrologers but in about the Middle Ages, or so, the interpretation began to take on more of ‘kings.’ Some traditions hold that St. Thomas the Apostle visited them later on in life, catechized and initiated them fully into the Christian faith and that they later were ordained priests and bishops.
Lord, give us the wisdom to also seek you in faith, just as the Magi did, with all our hearts. May our hearts be our gift to you, knowing that our hearts are the only gift you want from us.