Dear God, open a door for my message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Christ. I pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4

R4C

R4C
Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You.
Psalm 19:14, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Epiphany of the Lord (Solemnity)

Every nation on the earth shall adore you, O Lord
and Your light shall overcome all darkness.
Glory to You, Lord in the Highest.




The feast of the Epiphany of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8 in dioceses within most countries. Epiphany originated from a Greek word which means "to reveal". Today, 5 January, 2014 is the solemnity celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord, and it marks end of the 12 days of Christmas (Christmastide), which began with the revelation of Christ to Israel at His birth (25 December) and today ends with the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles (revelation of God to man). Epiphany also is known as Theophany (Three Kings Day - the day on which the 3 Wise Man brought their gifts to the infant Jesus, the Emmanuel and the Messiah) by both Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox churches.The Epiphany of the Lord is a great day for the Catholic church where it is one part of the mystery of the Incarnation. At Christmas, the Word of God as foretold by the prophets was fulfilled and God has become man, and now it is reveal to all mankind that the child born of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mother of God) is the omnipotent God, the King and Ruler of the universe.


The revelation of God to man (Epiphany) is seen four different event in Jesus's early life, which are as follows:
  • The Baptism of the Lord - the Holy Spirit descends and God the Father declared that Jesus is His Son.
  • Jesus's miracle at the wedding in Cana - Jesus Christ divinity is reveal as changes jars of water to wine.
  • The Nativity of the Lord - the angels proclaim, sing praises and bear witness to birth Jesus, the Emmanual and Messiah , and the shepherds, representing the people of Israel, follows the angels words and bow down before Him.
  • The Epiphany of the Lord - the visitation of the Magi (the three kings / wise men), who followed a bright star in the east to Bethlehem where Jesus had been born, bearing gifts fit for a King as in Matthew 2:11,"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh". Here Jesus Christ's divinity is made known to the Gentiles, the other nations of the earth.
"This day the Church 
is joined to her heavenly Spouse, 
for Christ has cleansed 
her crimes in the Jordan. 
With gifts the Magi hasten 
to the royal nuptials, 
and the guests are gladdened 
with wine made from water."


We too must have the courage to follow the light of the star like the wise men, however difficult the journey, we must pursue that the light of our faith, and to be so strong so that we are able to see and recognize our Lord and our King in whatever way as Jesus will show Himself to us. In recognizing and accepting as our King and the son of God who bring us salvation, we should bow down and adore Him, offering Him our total loyalty and glorifying Him. And upon returning like the three wise men, we should bring the light of Jesus Christ to all we meet. 


"For behold, darkness 
shall cover the earth and a mist the people, 
but the Lord shall arise upon Thee, 
and His glory shall be seen upon Thee. 
And the Gentiles shall walk in Thy light...." 
~ Epistle of the Epiphany Mass ~


O God, Who by the guidance of a star didst this day reveal Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we, who know Thee now by faith, may be so led as to behold with our eyes the beauty of Thy majesty. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. ~ from the Mass of St. Pius V

Sunday, 5 January, 2014
The Epiphany of the Lord (Solemnity)


May the splendour of your majesty, O Lord, we pray, shed its light upon our hearts, that we may pass through the shadows of this world and reach the brightness of our eternal home. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reading 1
Isaiah 60: 1 - 6

1Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
3And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
4Lift up your eyes round about, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far, and your daughters shall be carried in the arms.
5Then you shall see and be radiant, your heart shall thrill and rejoice; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Mid'ian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.

Psalm
Psalms 72: 1 - 2, 7 - 8, 10 - 13

1Give the king thy justice, O God, and thy righteousness to the royal son!
2May he judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with justice!
7In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
8May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
10May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
11May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
12For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
13He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

Reading 2
Ephesians 3: 2 - 3, 5 - 6

2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you,
3how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.
5which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Gospel
Matthew 2: 1 - 12

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,
2"Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him."
3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
4and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet:
6`And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.'"
7Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared;
8and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too may come and worship him."
9When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was.
10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy;
11and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

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