The Epiphany: Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles

Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”

And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

adoration-of-the-magi

Isaiah 60:1-6

Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the Lord shines,
and over you appears his glory.

Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.

Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow,
for the riches of the sea
shall be emptied out before you,
the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.

Today is the great feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the magi — an event that, as you’ve just read above in Isaiah’s prophesy, had been foretold some 800 years before the birth of Christ.

The word “epiphany” (with a small “e”) is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and “a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being”. The word “Epiphany” (with a capital “E”) refers to “the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi“.

To manifest is to reveal, demonstrate, bring into the open, or make evident through the senses, the reality of something.

It is noteworthy that the first creatures to see the newborn Jesus were his human parents, Mary and Joseph; angels on high; humble farm animals; lowly shepherds; and Gentiles — the magi.

The magi were wise men, non-Hebrew pagans from the East. Bearing gifts fit for a king — those of gold, frankincense, and myrrh — their coming to Jerusalem to pay homage to “the king of the Jews” shows that they seek in the messianic light of the Christmas star, the one who will be king of all nations.

The Epiphany, therefore, signifies the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God and Savior of the world. He is not just the Old Testament‘s oft-prophesied messiah of the Jews. He is the Savior of Gentiles too — the Savior of all humanity.

As St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians 3:6:

“the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

Noteworthy also is the fact that the magi, as the first Gentiles to find Jesus, were also the first Gentiles to receive His salvific grace. As recounted in Matthew 2:12:

“And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.”

Jesus came for you and me. He came for all of us, no matter our race, gender, language, country, or creed. He was publicly humiliated and tortured, endured unimaginable sufferings, and nailed to a cross to die — for us wretched human beings.

Jesus loves us this much

The least we can do is to thank Him, love Him, and adore Him as the magi had done so many years ago.

Jesus, I love You — with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

And may the joy of the Epiphany and the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Eowyn

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12 responses to “The Epiphany: Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles

  1. Amen!

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  2. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.

    kommonsentsjane

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  3. Apropos today’s readings, my church uses the J. S. Paluch Spanish-English quarterly newsprint missal, “Celebremos! Let Us Celebrate! Missal!” After Mass this morning I asked one of the priests what he thought of the stylized image of Christ on the cover, and all he could do, having not previously taken a close look, was shake his head in disbelief.

    This depiction of what amounts to a New Age-ish Cosmic Christ is unambiguously of a woman with a bit of beard blending into the background, no doubt to establish plausible denial that this publisher is intentionally depicting Our Lord Jesus Christ as transgendered. Or better, that the historical Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, was a surpassingly good man, all right, but representative of a type (as Freemasonry demands one accept in the higher degrees) that not only transcends human sexuality but entails that any form of consensual sexuality is as good as the next in the trajectory from yesterday’s bigoted primitivism toward evolutive awareness that all truths are relative, as “humankind” gropes it’s way back and forth across yesterday’s boundaries toward final redemption.

    I know, I’m accusing J. S. Paluch of straightforward blasphemy, yet that image bears an uncanny resemblance to “Conchita,” the transgendered transvestite who still sports a beard and long hair in Satanic, grinning mockery of Our Lord. My guess is that Cardinal Schoenborn just recently invited Conchita to speak at the cathedral in Vienna to make the same point made on the cover of the throwaway missal, which is that Jesus died and what arose was a Cosmic Christ principle that is asexual or transgendered.

    My God, what ignorant fools these modernist apostates are to assume science or naturalistic philosophy has anything worth saying about the singular truth of human existence.

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    • It is preposterous that some demented beings are trying to portray the Christ as being a feminine being or a transsexual being. It is extremely clear from reading the scriptures, that at least once God the Father said, “Behold, Here is my beloved SON, hear ye him!” In other writings Christ was described as being a “perfect man.” There is no where that we can find ANYTHING to substantiate that he was feminine, or a transsexual. This is just another case of “revisionist history.” It is rather a damning pursuit to follow, particularly when the subject being slandered is the Son of God!

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  4. Hadenoughalready

    Thanks for posting this, Doc. I’ve celebrated this since I was a child and have encouraged my own to do so, as well. They don’t but they do recognize it.
    Not many know of this important Holy Day but need to. Thanks again!

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  5. What a marvelous event in history, that the magi who were not Hebrews, followed the new star in the Heavens to the very place where the Son of God was residing. They represented you and I, and all of us gentiles. What a huge wrinkle in the story that the Hebrews would reject and scorn the Christ child, yet the Gentiles, in part at least would accept him, as the Son of God.

    I think that when the times comes that each one of us can affirm as does our Dr Eowyn, “Jesus, I love you–with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength,” then we can say we are truly ready to enter into the mansions on high, and sit down on the right side of Our God.

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  6. Hallelujah! The Magi were the first gentiles to see our Lord!
    Only a fool with a desire for eternal damnation would turn his (or her) back to the Lord or curse the Holy Spirit.
    Jesus is the Gift that keeps on giving and blessing.

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    • MomOfIV . . . I was bowled over when reading . . . Jesus is the Gift that keeps on giving and blessing.” That is true for each of us, and it will be true throughout all Eternity.

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      • Hadenoughalready

        If I may weigh in…
        I wish folks would look at Yahshua, the Christ, with simplicity. He was sent as a sacrifice for our sins; the “lamb” of God.
        He brought His Father’s message of atonement and forgiveness to the world via His self-sacrifice. What more can one ask for?
        We have erred. We have taken His message askew and made it into a “religion” instead of a “faith”. Religion is based on dogma. “Faith” has no dogma. It’s pure and requires nothing but faith. Nothing more.
        Let’s not follow the Pharisees that Christ chastised. Let’s just follow His words.

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  7. Pray early and often! I had read that the Magi were astrologers who knew a big thing was going to happen (the birth of Christ).

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