The Epiphany of the Lord (HOMILY)
Every time when I switch on my Waze or Google Map to get to a certain destination, sometimes, I would get interrupted, as the apps were trying to retrieve the latest data to provide me the route. Some little waiting is involved, the data collection and sometimes, the app provided confusing routes. The weak signals gave me the dilemma and I would end up missing the turns or junctions, and driving on taking an alternative longer route.
We are so fascinated with the readings and reflections of the Christmas story that started in Bethlehem, when God revealed His Mystery of Salvation to mankind and yet to be fulfilled time to time. One of the Christmas mini-stories is what we celebrate today – The Epiphany of the Lord. It’s the story of the Magi visiting the newly born Baby Jesus in a manger.
These Magi travelled following the Star, guiding them into Bethlehem. These Wise Men came to pay homage and worship the Newly Born King of the Jews, by just following the Star. The Star made them rose their feet and embarked on their journey to meet the Newly born King. They had faith on the Star (like I have on Waze/Google Map). They followed the Star, night after night, to get to their destination and just imagine how patient they had to be.
When they arrived at their destination, like I have arrived at mine via Waze/Google Map, that gave me the sense of achievement, and surely that would have given the three Wise Men that same sense of fulfilment. On top of that they brought with them, treasures of gold, myrrh and frankincense. How excited they would have been, to bring to the King, presents and I am sure all of you would be able to relate when you give your loved ones presents to open on Christmas day. Yes, it’s that same feeling of excitement and joy, these Magi had.
Rev, Fr. George Packiasamy