Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Lord, thank you for
your perfect gift of yourself: coming as a humble child born of Mary. The thought of you as a
helpless little babe lying in a manger fills my heart with confidence. I know that you could never
be capable of deceiving me, since you have divested yourself of all greatness so that I can gaze
upon you. You deserve all my hope and all my love, which I humbly offer you
Lord, I ask you for a heart truly receptive to your
1. We Saw His Star:
Those who are sincere of heart find God in their
life. In the case of the Magi, their sincerity is shown by what they are willing to sacrifice to
attain their goal. The journey required abandoning the comforts of their homeland, the needs of
their family members, and the pursuit of wealth. The intention was pure, not muddled with
self-centered wants, for it was nothing less than the desire to encounter God's living presence.
Their openness of heart permitted God to speak through many things in their world—from astrology to
Herod, from the star to the child in the crib. What will it take for me to find God today? I must
put aside all but him and let his hand lead me to that definitive encounter with his divine
2. Warned Not to Return to Herod:
No star is offered to Herod or to the
worldly, only darkness. The worldly may like the idea of God, and even be curious about him, but
they disregard his call. They rarely leave their palace, sacrifice their time, or place themselves
at the service of the divine. The prideful lovers of comfort leave their palaces and then oddly
claim God is nowhere to be found in the world. They fear the loss of a comfortable world. I pray
that my heart be open to all that the living Gospel requires in my life. May Christ find no obstacle
in me; rather, may he find in me the will to leave my palace so that I might find and follow him.
3. Then They Opened Their Treasures:
In order to give love, I must have been
impacted by love. How can I hold to the demands that others place upon me? How can I keep true to my
vocation and mission when little affirmation and support come my way? Every morning I need to seek
out the God who gives unconditionally so that his giving may impact me. Be it at Mass, in prayer, or
in the workings of divine providence, every day a necessary epiphany awaits me. It empowers me to
open my coffer and bring forth the gift of self. If I do not experience this love, my life remains
closed—no interior strength is found to give myself totally. John tells us: "In this is love, not
that we love God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Brothers, if God so loved us, we too ought to love each other…. We love because he first loved us"
(1 John 4:8, 20).
Conversation with Christ:
Christ, your love for me compels me
to give myself and
hold nothing back. I have touched a moment in
that overwhelms my comprehension and
conquers my heart for you. May I give myself as you
yourself to me: at Mass, in prayer, and in souls you call me to
I will work to improve my charity with the members of my
family today, loving them as Christ does.