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Wise MenWith the Feast of the Epiphany, we close the Christmas Season and reenter Ordinary Time.  As we do so, I’d just like to say a couple things about the event this feast commemorates: The adoration of the Magi.

It is worth noting that the Bible does not specify how many Magi followed the star to the stable in Bethlehem.  Tradition has given us three based on the gifts that the Christ Child received from them — gold, frankincense, and myrrh (the idea being that there was one giver for each gift).

However many Magi came to see the Infant Jesus, the Church sees this as a significant event in salvation history.  The Magi were the “firstfruits of the gentiles,” the searching pagans guided by the light of a new star to the Daybreak Himself.

The event in question also reveals Christ as the fulfillment of all religion.  While we believe that it is through the Old Covenant that God began to reveal Himself in history — a revelation that would culminate in the Christ event — all religion is driven, in some form or other and to varying degrees of self-awareness, by the same basic desire: Drawing near to God.

Christ fulfills this innate longing of the human heart by becoming one of us, by walking among us, by making Himself known to us not merely intellectually, but personally.  I hope that during this new year, I and others may attend to and follow the lights by which He intends to draw each one of us ever deeper into a personal relationship with Him.

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