They knelt down and paid him homage.

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Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

I find the Epiphany story to be exuberantly colourful, dramatic, and indeed mysterious. The dramatis personae are familiar to us: the wise men from the east, Herod, Mary and her child. Also familiar are the star that intrigued the wise

men and guided them to Bethlehem, and the gifts that these strangers brought: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (what do these symbolise?).

Today, we too are being invited to become part of this story. Perhaps we can accompany the wise men and ask to share in the manifestation (epiphany) that they experienced in Bethlehem. Their journey, like our own lives, involved highs and lows, times of insight and doubt, a dream calling them forward (star) and the deception of worldly values (Herod). But at the end they were enlightened in the presence of the child Jesus and “they knelt down and paid him homage" Will we do likewise?

Homage was the reason and purpose of the quest of these magical kings. We have a need to worship, too. Make no mistake about it, people today worship something. It might be a new house, a boat, a car, their families, or just themselves. But for us, worship of the Lord God must be primary. We need to realign our thinking as to what worship really is—acknowledging the lordship of Christ in our lives. Joy, happiness, and peace are peripheral benefits of that meeting with God, and service for Him is the outcome of it. If we can’t find the time to give Christ honour and glory, then the search continues until we find fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

Friends in Christ, the star started the magi on the journey and then guided them to the end, like our faith. The star which shone at our baptism is the promise of God to guide us through life. Faith grows through the ordinary events of life. What can seem ordinary happenings can be extraordinary grace—the birth of a child in your family and friends.

—fr. Peter Damian, O.P.