The Bishops Homily – Epiphany

8 January 2017
Is. 60: 1-6
Eph. 3: 1-6
Mt. 2: 1-12

Introduction: Today’s Feasts offers us the opportunity to reflect on God’s revelation of himself as the Light of the world to guide humanity and lead it at last to the Promised Land where freedom, justice and peace reigns. More and more we see clearly that on our own we cannot foster justice and peace unless the light of a God who shows us his Face is revealed to us, a God who appears to us as a child in a manger in Bethlehem or as a man hanging for us on the Cross in Calvary.

(1) Who then are the Magi of today? Three categories of people who, in a certain sense, are portrayed in the Magi of the Gospel:

  1. The rulers of this world
  2. The men of thought and science
  3. The spiritual leaders of the great religions

These three sort of pre-figure three constitutive dimensions of modern humanism: the political, the scientific and the religious dimensions.

(2) The Epiphany Hymn “Lumen requirunt lumine” evoke the experience of the magi: following a light, they were searching for the Light. The star appearing in the sky kindled in their hearts and in their minds the great Light of Christ. The Magi followed faithfully that light which filled their hearts and they encountered the Lord.

(3) The destiny of every person is symbolized in the journey of the Magi from the East. Our life is a journey, illuminated by lights that brighten our way, to find the fullness of truth and love which we Christians recognize in Jesus, the Light of the world. Like the Magi, every person has two great “books” which provide the signs to guide this pilgrimage: the book of Creation and the book of Sacred Scripture. What is important is that we be attentive, alert, and listen to God who always speaks to us. Listening to the Gospel, reading it, meditating on it and making it our spiritual nourishment especially allows us to encounter the living Jesus, to experience him and his love.

Conclusion: Epiphany shows the Magi in a state of pilgrimage, that is in a moment of seeking, often somewhat confused, but whose point of arrival, in short, is Christ, even if the star is sometimes hidden!

Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, DD
Bishop of Novaliches