The Magi followed the Star, that luminous light, that led them to the Christ Child. These wise people represent us all. Epiphany is “the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world” (CCC 528). Jesus not only come for the people Israel, represented by the shepherds, but also for everyone, for all of us - represented by the Magi.
The Magi demonstrate the beautiful catholicity or universality of the Church. The Second Vatican Council taught that this gift of universality which adorns the People of God is a gift from the Lord Himself whereby the Catholic Church ceaselessly and efficaciously seeks for the return of all humanity and all its good under Christ the Head in the unity of His Spirit (Lumen Gentium 13).
Christ is the light; we are called to be the channel of his Light in the world. Epiphany reminds me of a song I loved since a child – back in the first days of those Post Vatican II ‘guitar masses.’ Let us allow God’s light to shine through us. Let us become, in the words of the hymn by Jean Anthony Grief, ‘the light of the world.’ Let the good we do in the world, let the hope share with others in dark times, let our faith in our living God... be luminous.
We are the Light of the world;
May our light shine before all, that they may see the good that we do
and give glory to God.
Laura Chun, OFS
Minister, San Luis Rey
Detail from “Adoration of the Magi” Immaculate Conception Basilica at Conception Abbey in Conception, Mo
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