Sunday 7 January 2024

About Today Readings

Feast of the Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1–6. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you – Psalm 71(72):1–2, 7–8, 10–13. Ephesians 3:2–3, 5–6. Matthew 2:1–12.

The light of Christ

Christ is the light of the world. This is the Epiphany. Matthew tells a story of wise men from the east following the light to the crib. He tells a story to announce the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy, ‘Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you’ (Is 60:1). Five years ago, I stood among the rocks and grass of the Shepherds’ Fields outside the modern city of Bethlehem and pondered again about the birth of the Lord, the birth of the light, there. But the highlight of our visit that day was to visit the little school of the Holy Child in Shepherds’ Fields where Palestinian Christian teachers were educating poor intellectually challenged Palestinian children in a warm and loving environment. The light of Christ shone over Bethlehem again that day. The light of Christ still attracts the world to Bethlehem.

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