The Epiphany of the Lord | Jan 3, 2021
Deacon Matt will be on vacation until Jan. 15. During this time, in place of his Sunday video reflections, we will be sharing written reflections from the archives of our website. We look forward to seeing students back on campus when classes resume. Our first campus Mass of the Spring Semester will be Sunday, Jan. 24. Until then have a wonderful break and a blessed Christmas season!
The Epiphany of the Lord
“We saw the star at its rising, and have come to do Him homage” (Mt 2:2). So said the wise men to King Herod when they arrived in Jerusalem, seeking the newborn king. Who were these wise men? The gospels refer to them as magi, and tell us they came from the east. Historians have speculated as to their identity. Tradition even gives them names: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. But all we really know about them is that they saw a light, and they followed it to Christ. For this, they are called wise.

Jesus said of Himself, “I am the light of the world” (Jn 8:12). It is fitting that a star, source of physical light, would herald the arrival of Jesus, the source of spiritual light. Isaiah, foretelling the coming of the Messiah, proclaims, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come” (Is 60:1).

Without light our eyes couldn’t function. Light allows us to see the world. It makes it possible for us to perceive our surroundings and our place within them. Light allows us to see each other, and to see ourselves. This is why light has always been used as a symbol for knowledge and wisdom.

The coming of Christ is the dawn of a new day of creation. Once you begin to look at the world by Christ’s light, everything changes. . . .
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Deacon Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister