Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection January 8, 2017
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Sunday, January 8, 2017
The Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle A
today's Gospel tells of the Magi, Kings, astrologers seeking out a
foreign king who somehow belongs to them. We're actually coming close to
the heart of the Biblical revelation. Of all the nations of the world,
God chose Israel to be especially his own, a priestly people, a holy
nation. But the reason for this choice was not to glorify Israel over
and against the other nations; rather, it was to make of Israel a beacon
to the world, so that through Israel all might be gathered.
a king would be born for the Jews, but he wouldn't be for the Jews
alone. This Messiah would be the King of Kings, a light to all the
nations. How wonderful that the sign of the birth of this king should be
a star, something that can be clearly seen by every nation and from any
when the Magi saw it, they were willing to leave their own country
behind. And once they had worshipped him, they went back to their own
country, but they went back by a different route. They were changed.
They would remain Babylonians, but they had become citizens of a higher