January 6, 2024, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

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Today’s Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the visit of the magi to worship the baby Jesus as narrated in the Gospel of Matthew:

“Behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.’”

The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, which means “to manifest,” or “make known.”

The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus, the Son of God, to the world.

“Jesus is the Savior of the world. He comes not just for one group of people but for all. The magi, or kings, or astrologers, or seekers from the East, stand in for all the peoples of the earth,” says Bishop Robert Deeley. “They represent all the people, including ourselves, who have found their way to Christ, who have found in him the meaning of their lives, and the light which guides them.  They also represent the inner hope of the human spirit showing that it strives for the meaning that Jesus brings to life.”

The Catechism explains the Epiphany this way:

“The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation.”

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York