Sunday, January 3, 2021
Epiphany is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. The feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord commemorates when Jesus Christ was revealed as the Messiah. The Gospel of Matthew recounts that three wise men from the East visited our savior after his birth and acknowledged him with gifts representing kingship, priesthood, and death.
The readings for the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord tell of the revelation of Jesus Christ to all people. The first reading (Isaiah 60:1-6) tells of a light in Jerusalem which all nations are drawn to. The psalm (Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13) proclaims “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.” The second reading (Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6) tells how God’s grace is now known to all generations and the whole world. The gospel (Matthew 2:1-12 ) tells how the Magi came from afar to worship the child Jesus. It also recounts Herod’s jealousy and treachery.
A discussion of what gifts we could bring to the service of the Lord is appropriate. Also, the international aspect of the three Kings speaks to our common humanity and issues such as racism and immigration. Here are some ideas for youth ministry, classroom use, or in the home.