YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
HOMILY THEME: WE HAVE COME TO ADORE THE NEW BORN KING
BY: Rev. Sr. Oluchi Justine Egbedike
HOMILY: Isaiah 60:1-6, PSALM Ps:72:1-2.7-8.10-11.12- 13 (R. cf.11) Ephesians 3:2-3a.5-6, Matthews 2:1-12
*COME, LET US FOLLOW JESUS ! THE STAR OF ETERNAL LIFE.*
Beloved, today let us identify with GOD by following the new Star of life like the wise men to CHRIST JESUS.
We don’t have any option than to worship and adore Jesus the unchangeable Changer, and offer all we are and all we have to him.
*Let us listen to the full Gospel reading* (Matthews 2:1-12)
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise Men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel. ”’ Then Herod summoned the Wise Men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” When they had heard the king they went their way; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Beloved, the Word of God tells us that the wise men saw the “STAR” ‘they rejoiced exceedingly with great Joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his Mother, and the fell down and worshiped him. They opened their treasures, and offered him expensive gifts of Gold, FRANKINCENSE and Myrrh, the gifts of the KING ”
May l ask you, what Gift will you offer to God this year ?
Remember that the Psalmist said in Psalm 50, that God don’t need your goats , bulls and bullocks from your farm Land because every thing belongs to Him, but what God eats is your Thanksgiving !
I believe that the highest and only gift you and l, can offer to JESUS is the gift of ” OURSELVES ” the totality of our lives. Because God has everything and God is complete in HIMSELF, and in his FULNESS ! so he don’t need anything from us.
Remember that the feast of Epiphany of the Lord, is also called the ” three kings day”, theophany or little Christmas, in certain areas.
The manifestation of God himself in His Son, Jesus Christ.
My Dear friend, like the wise men, who took another way back to their country, and never return to Herod, let us be wise and be Vilglant this year 2021, to crush the head of the evil one the devil and render the enemies powerless and useless with constant prayers through Christ our Lord Amen.
I wish you all Happy new year 2021 once again.
Always on my knees for you in prayers.
Rev. Sr. Oluchi Justine Egbedike,
Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.