Eucharistic Readings for the Epiphany
“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
So in these words we hear the Magi say that they are looking for a child born king of the Jews (not king of Israel). I find it interesting that this will also be the words placarded over his head on the cross, “Jesus king of the Jews.” So Jesus is king not of a specific land mass but of a One God faith – a faith that he invites all people to share – to be grafted into his very own body and blood. There is a specialness about this child.
The Magi say, “We observed his star.” Wait, What! He has a star! If a child or any person has a dedicated star, that child or person is recognized by the heavenly bodies as an entity unique in all creation. No one before, or since, has ever had a celestial body as an indicator of their presence. From outside the child’s community, the specialness of this child is made known to those who study the heavens.
It takes a certain amount of acceptance to acknowledge not being the chosen one of God and that a person from another culture has been chosen. But here is the deal, we have this blessed assurance, that whomever God picks, it is not just for that person, or group, or nation, or clan, or family only. Moses was blessed not for himself but for the liberation of Israelites. And in this particular case the Son of God is born for the salvation of all humanity.
The Magi put their own ethnicity, culture and race aside and looked at what the heavens were doing, and so should we. God’s plan is so much larger than any group of us. We too need to see the light.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John