Ps 72:1–2, 7-8, 10–11, 12–13
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
1st Reading: Is 60:1–6
Arise, shine, for your light has come. The glory of Yahweh rises upon you. Night still covers the earth and gloomy clouds veil the peoples, but Yahweh now rises and over you his glory appears. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes round about and see: they are all gathered and come to you, your sons from afar, your daughters tenderly carried.
This sight will make your face radiant, your heart throbbing and full; the riches of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of the nations will come to you.
A multitude of camels will cover you, caravans from Midian and Ephah. Those from Sheba will come, bringing with them gold and incense, all singing in praise of Yahweh.
2nd Reading: Eph 3:2–3a, 5–6
You may have heard of the graces God bestowed on me, for your sake. By a revelation, he gave me the knowledge of his myste¬rious design, as I have explained in a few words.
This mystery was not made known to past generations, but only now, through revelations, given to holy apos¬tles and prophets, by the Spirit. Now, the non-Jews share the inheritance; in Christ Jesus, the non-Jews are incor¬porated, and are to enjoy the Promise.
Gospel: Mt 2:1–12
When Jesus was born in Beth¬lehem, in Judea, during the days of king Herod, wise men from the East arrived in Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw the rising of his star in the East and have come to honor him.”
When Herod heard this he was greatly disturbed, and with him all Jerusalem. He immediately called a meeting of all high-ranking priests and teachers of the law, and asked them where the Messiah was to be born.
“In the town of Bethlehem in Judea,” they told him, “for this is what the prophet wrote: And you, Bethle-hem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least among the clans of Judah, for from you will come a lead¬er, one who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Then Herod secretly called the wise men and asked them the precise time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions, “Go and get accurate information about the child. As soon as you have found him, report to me, so that I, too, may go and honor him.”
After the meeting with the king, they set out. The star that they had seen in the East went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. The wise men were over¬joyed on seeing the star again. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with Mary his mother, they knelt and worshiped him. They opened their bags and offered him their gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.
In a dream they were warned not to go back to Herod, so they returned to their home country by another way.
Reading: Wise men from a distant land came unannounced seeking the newborn King of the Jews signified by the rising of a bright star. This unsettled king Herod who took great pains to know the exact location of this new King’s birthplace, gave direction to the wise men with an instruction to report to him once they found the Child-King. With joy, they saw the newborn King and presented their gifts and worshipped him. Then, they returned to their land by another route.
Reflection: Life surprises us with its sudden intrusion of our comfort zone. Like Herod who was jolted from his complacency when his being the only king of the Jews was challenged by the birth of a new King, we too are brought news that challenges our own settled ways, routine and old mentalities. Then, we feel insecure; we get into action; we spend tremendous amount of energy just to secure what we have. We even trick others and ourselves into thinking that we are ready for the change that will happen ahead. We miss the opportunity to grow.
Response: The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. Hitch onto the wagon and be ready for a new adventure that a changed life offers ahead.
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