Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord

01-02-2022Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of God,

Again, I specially thank all those who decorated the Cribs and Churches in all our three parishes. I also sincerely thank you all who participated in Christmas Masses. This year too, it was a good attendance.

Today we celebrate the solemnity of Epiphany, and in a most special way the day of the three kings who brought Jesus very costly and symbolic gifts of gold, mire, and frankincense. The term Epiphany is of Greek origin, epiphaninen. It is a verb which means “to reveal,” or “to manifest.” In Sacred Scripture, we see that even the cosmos proclaimed the Lord’s coming with the Star in the east. After the Star appeared, the Magi traveled far to see the Child Jesus. When they saw the Child with His mother, they bowed down in adoration.

They were encountering the living God. In the same way, we should humble ourselves before God and fall down in worship. He created us and loves us more than we can imagine, and we owe Him everything. Like the Magi, we can seek to encounter God every day. People are looking for something more, looking for more than what this world has to offer. We want to encounter something more, something beautiful, something good.

We want to encounter our Beloved. We can also imitate the Magi in their generosity. As they gave gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, we can give to one another – not out of obligation but out of love. When we give gifts to our loved ones, to our parishes, and to charities, we should remember that everything we have was given to us by the Lord. And we should give with a full heart.

Finally, on this Solemnity, let us remember that the Magi not only were seekers, but, most importantly, were finders. They found Him! We, too, have found Him “whom our soul loves.” May our Child Jesus bless you all with His Choicest Blessings in this New Year – 2022 through the intercession of our Mother Mary.

Yours in Christ Jesus Fr. Doss