Engaging the Gospel – Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany of the Lord: Gospel – Matthew 2:1-12

The term “Epiphany” is derived from the Greek word meaning “manifestation” – we celebrate the “manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world.” The divinity of Christ is made manifest not only to the people of Israel, but to all nations, which are represented by the “wise men (magi) from the East” (Catechism paragraph 528).

Just as the magi prostrated themselves before the infant Jesus, so too can we adore Jesus as He is made manifest to us today in the Eucharist — the sublime gift of the Lord’s Real Presence, His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity (1374).

“It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to His Church in this unique way…He wanted to give us His sacramental presence” (1380).

“Because Christ Himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, He is to be honored with the worship of adoration” (1418).

May we grow in reverence, recognizing that when we enter our church, we “cross a threshold.” We step outside our flawed world and come before the Lord (1186). Let us cultivate our “sense of the sacred,” the “respect owed to the mystery of God Himself and to the whole sacred reality it evokes” (2144).

As St. John Paul II said,

Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet Him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.

— quoted in 1380.

Question for reflection: How do I pay homage to the Lord in the Eucharist?