The Epiphany

The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world.

The great feast of the Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men, the Magi, from the East, together with His baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the Magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first fruits of the nations who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The Magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the Messianic light of the Star of David, the One who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship Him as Son of God and Saviour of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the Messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.

The Epiphany shows that “the full number of the nations” now takes its “place in the family of the patriarchs”, and acquires Israelitica dignitas (is made “worthy of the heritage of Israel”).
Catechism of the Catholic Church 528

May the light of the star, the light of faith, lead you into a closer encounter with Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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