Epiphany of our Lord

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Mt. 2:10-11

This is the day filled with rich symbolism, joy, mystery, and abundant meaning for the life of every believer. We add colorful new pieces to the creche---three wise men dressed in vibrant robes carrying treasures, not to mentions the camels!  Today we see acts of adoration in the figurines and in pictures depicting the scene---bending the knee, bowing low, standing in complete reverence and awe.  The Star is the "star of the show", but not like Hollywood, of course. With its beauty and brightness who doesn't love the Star?

How about the music for this feast? The very best melodies of old are heard in We Three Kings, Do you Hear What I Hear, The First Noel, What Child is This, and others. But the lyrics that match the melodies offer a feast to the hungry soul.

"So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come Peasant, King to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him."

There is much more to love about this feast day, like the three gifts brought for the newborn King: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They each foreshadow an aspect of this little King's future, His life's purpose:  gold, His Kingship;  frankincense, for worship;  and myrrh, His suffering, death and burial. 

Last but definitely not least, this meeting under the Star with kings from far-off lands brings the good news of salvation to all peoples and nations, not just the Jews. All the world can receive His gift of salvation and can bow before Him as their own King.

The wise men traveled far to offer Him gifts and meet Him. How far do I travel, and what can I offer Him?

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