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Invocation

Foundation Day of the Institute

 

                     

Our Institute is a s star to the world; a light on the path of women; working with and for the Church; with a Marian glow and the joyous peace of Francis. Happy Birthday to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary

We celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.   The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek “epiphaneia” meaning manifestation.   In the Western Rite Catholic Churches this Feast celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi from the East. 

On this feast we always read the Gospel of the visit by the astrologers or magi, from the East, to the new born Christ child.  If you read the Gospel text carefully, however, you will notice that the magi are never identified as “kings” and their number is never specified.   We presume there were three, because there were three gifts.  The three “kings” we sing of comes from our verbal tradition and not from the scriptures. 

The message of this feast is important and it is stated well by St. Paul in our second reading today.  “……….the Gentiles are now co-heirs, members of the same body, and co partners in the promise of Jesus Christ through the Gospel.”   In essence Paul is saying that Jesus came to save all people for all time.  Christ’s manifestation to the magi reminds us of this most basic fact.  

Our first reading today is taken from the book of the prophet Isaiah.  It speaks of the restoration of Jerusalem, when the Israelites will return from their exile.   The new Jerusalem will be a light to the nations for the Lord will shine upon it. Fr. Bauer's Blog

 

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