Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

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Cycle C

Feast of the Epiphany

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 “Some wise men came… from the east”

That simple note – “from the east” – is not really about geography; rather it is making a statement about the status of these “wise men”. They are from the east – that is, they are not Jews. They are foreigners, pagans, Gentiles; they represent the outside world, our world. Through a simple, colourful and memorable story, St. Matthew’s account of the Good News tells us that this is Good News for everyone, everywhere. The Son of God has come into this world for the entire world, not just for some elite group, or tribe or nation. He has come to us and we, whoever we are and wherever we come from, can come to him.

In the second reading of today’s Mass we hear St. Paul expressing the same truth in more direct fashion, when he says that what has been revealed is “that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Christ Jesus, through the gospel.” By the light of the gospel, all who seek may find. The wise men represent all who are searching for God, for meaning and purpose in life, for integrity and freedom of spirit, for new life. The ultimate goal of their searching is Jesus Christ.

Like the wise men we are engaged in a journey of faith. Unlike them, we have no star in the sky to guide us on our way. But we do have the light of the gospel, and that is why, week after week, we are invited to listen and reflect, so that we too, may find Christ and, in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives, bring his light to others.