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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Isaiah 60:1-6)
Isaiah informs Israel that, while things are indeed dark at present, a dramatic change is coming. The glory of YAHWEH will so shine upon them that the nations will be attracted and bring their wealth, including gold and frankincense, to a joyful Israel.
Psalm (72:1-7, 10-14)
The Psalm is a prayer for the king, that he may rule in justice and righteousness, defending the poor and crushing the oppressor. May the kings of the nations bring him tribute and gifts, bowing down and serving him. May he live forever!
Second Reading (Ephesians 3:1-12)
St. Paul speaks of the mystery, now revealed especially in his own apostleship, of how the Gentiles are to be included in the people of God. This was always God’s purpose in sending Jesus, to whom anyone can come by faith.
Gospel (Matthew 2:1-12)
Wise men from the East arrive at King Herod’s court to tell of another king whose nearby birth was marked by a heavenly sign. Sent to Bethlehem and following the star, they find and worship the infant, presenting him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. Being warned in a dream, they do not report back to jealous Herod.
- The nations come to the King bearing gifts (no nation left behind)
- The inclusion of the Gentiles in the plan of God
- The time of fulfillment is breaking upon us with the birth of Jesus
- The sheer enormity of the Christ-event
- Gifts for a King?