Epiphany

Expectations & Fulfillment

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Perugino

This coming Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In the readings for Mass, an option for the first reading is from Isaiah 40. The passage is ripe with imagery that perhaps sounds a little more like our Advent readings. In fact, this same reading is the reading for the second Sunday of Advent in Year B […]

Daily Reflection—A Light Has Shone in the Darkness

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” (Isaiah 9:2 RSVCE) When the time was full in Salvation History and Almighty God sent His Son among us as His Anointed One, the people of Israel had been living in a great, oppressive darkness. Into this seemingly […]

The Epiphany—God Has Come for You

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

OUR SEARCH FOR GOD It is likely that each of us here actively seek the Lord. Jesus, Himself, instructs us to seek Him, saying, “Seek and you will find.” Man and woman’s search for God is a recurring story through the ages as we try to discover the meaning of our lives. While meditating on the Fifth Joyful Mystery of […]

Daily Quote — St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom

“If the Magi had come in search of an earthly King, they would have been disconcerted at finding that they had taken the trouble to come such a long way for nothing. Consequently they would have neither adored nor offered gifts. But since they sought a heavenly King, though they found in Him no signs of royal pre-eminence, yet, content […]

Epiphany of the Heart

Photography © by Andy Coan

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Years ABC) — Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12. Gold may have been one of the original Christmas presents, but don’t be mistaken—there was never a golden age in the church free of controversy and struggle. Galatians and Acts tell us about a particularly […]

The Magi and Their Search

The magi have always intrigued me. Their story forms the majority of Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, and yet there remain so many questions about these mysterious figures. Where did they come from? How did they know to follow the star? What did they think when they found the Holy Family? I once attended an art history […]

The Epiphany and God’s Search for You

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

Our Search for God It is likely that each of us here actively seek the Lord. Jesus, Himself, instructs us to seek Him, saying, “Seek and you will find.” Man and woman’s search for God is a recurring story through the ages as we try to discover the meaning of our lives. While meditating on the Fifth Joyful Mystery of […]

Encountering the Word — Psalm 72:11-14

Photography © by Andy Coan

“May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.” (Psalm […]

The Magi and their Gifts

Photography © by Andy Coan

This commentary on the Feast of the Epiphany uncovers the meaning of the term epiphany and explains why the Magi — Caspar, Balthasar, Melchior, the three kings of Orient riding camels and carrying gold, frankincense, and myrrh — are found, complete with crowns and camels, in every nativity scene. Reflection on the Mass readings for Christmastide: The Epiphany of the […]