The Epihany of Lord MT 2.1-12
The greatest discovery in the history of the world
Progress in a world without discoveries is not possible. Who counts them, who knows the names of all the discoverers? Science is advancing in all areas. In all possible branches, areas, and whole groups of scientists work to make a person’s life easier or prolong it. Man wants to live, to rejoice, and yet we all know that one day the end will come, death. Death is the result of sin. No one should ever know death. And yet we know that in one case, death lost its victory. It was at the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What has this got to do with today’s Feast of the Revelation of the Lord? Anyone who thinks that today’s holiday is meaningless is terribly wrong. Today’s holiday is a great encouragement to the world. This holiday tells us about a great discovery that took place in the world. Today we are reminded that man chose to seek under the influence of the special heavenly phenomenon of the newborn King, which was foretold by God the Father in paradise when he punished the grandparents for sin. … and elsewhere we read: “The goodness of God, our Savior, and his love for men has manifested itself” (Titus 3: 4). The angel announced, “Don’t be afraid. I declare to you a great joy that will belong to all people ”(Luke 2:10).
“The sages have discovered a child from the east. And, behold, the star which they saw in the east went before them and stood over the place where the child was. They entered the house and found a child with Maria, his mother. They fell to the ground and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasuries and gave him gifts: gold, incense, myrrh ”(Mt 2: 9-11). The Gospel speaks of three men and their guides who, under the influence of the star and the Jewish people’s ancient prophets, set out on a journey into the unknown. They were led by a desire to want to find the greatest King of the world independently. Such was the journey of these unknown men we don’t know about or who they were. All we know is that they came together to Jerusalem to Herod, where not only did they not find the one they were looking for, but they frightened Herod, who, out of fear for his throne and power, had murdered his wife, mother, sons and many of his subjects. The kings did not stay in the palace; they were not satisfied until they knelt before a small “child” who was like any other child who came into this world, and yet they felt inside them that they had found what they wanted. They set out on such a long and dangerous journey. Note that God did not appear to the Jews, but the Gentiles and, with a special cosmic phenomenon, encouraged them on their journey. There was a lot to be said about the star. There was also an interview. This is so for human curiosity. For now, it may be enough for us that the Gentiles have learned of the birth of the Savior and Redeemer of the world. This is explained in Paul the Apostle’s words to the Ephesians: “… even though the gospel, the Gentiles are co-heirs, fellow judges, and fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 3: 5-6). This is the explanation that God came into the world in the person of Jesus Christ not only for the chosen nation, although He protected it for centuries, but also that God in the person of Jesus Christ came for all.
He does not exclude anyone from his friendship. This is the greatest discovery that is the beginning of the meaning of the lives of all who believe in Jesus. However, at the outset, we can see that not everyone took the right side in discovering the birth of God, who became like us in everything but sin. Herod knew nothing. His priests knew the prophecy of Isaiah the prophet: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has shone on you! … The nations are coming to your light and the king to the radiance that came to you … The flood of camels shall cover thee, and the camels of Median and Ephah; all shall come from Sheba; and gold and thyme shall bring, and bring the glory of the Lord ”(Isaiah 60: 1-6). God has embarrassed the chosen nation and at the same time has shown the whole world that He loves all equally. This is what the Church has in the wreath, in which all are equal. It is not the skin color that matters, the nationality, but the love of God and neighbor. That is why the Church strives so that everyone can know God in their life. Therefore, he fulfills the words of him to whom the mighty and the educated of the world have come to worship today, to be one sheepfold and one shepherd.
This holiday this day wants to speak to all people of goodwill, that this boy-Jesus, to whom they pay their compliments and gifts to the king, is the Messiah who came into the world to cleanse from sin the sin of all that with faith, hope and love. They accept his teachings. At the same time, this holiday shows the Church’s role in spreading the light of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Herod asked the sages to stop by his way back and tell him where the “child” was so that he too could worship him. However, they were ordered not to return to Herod in a dream but otherwise returned to their country. We will learn later that Herod wanted to have a child, Jesus, killed in whom he saw his enemy, to whom he would have to release his throne. In Herod’s work, we can see the situation in which the Church finds itself as an institution from the beginning to the present. More than one Herod was already lurking for the life of the Church and wanted to kill her. However, the Church is ruled by the Holy Spirit. Herod did it
failed because the words of Christ apply: Hell’s gates will not overcome it. This is a fact that we must all realize again and again. God does not ask the powerful of this world if he should be born in their country, in their territory. He is the sovereign Ruler. When we are with Christ, let us not be afraid. He came into the world so that we could have a new life. He came to bring light. He came, so we could go back to where he wanted us from the beginning. Where was it? Where God is – in eternity.
We can live without spaceflight. We will do without machines, but what kind of life is it, what kind of life is it, once I have to leave everything here, leave what I loved, and what I gained ?! The Feast of the Revelation of the Lord tells us of the greatest discovery in human history. God made himself known to the people, to the Gentiles. That is, he opened his heart to everyone. Nobody approached people this way. How beautiful it is when we know that we live with Christ when Christ lives in us and we in him. How rich and happy our lives are when we know that God will not forsake us; if we do not forsake us, we will not betray sin.
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