The Feast of The Epiphany
Matthew 2: 1 – 12 The Feast of The Epiphany
The Gospel of St. Matthew is our only real source of knowledge concerning the Magi, although Christian legend renders names Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar. The great cathedral in Cologne,Germany would probably never have been constructed over a five hundred year period had the people of that city not believed that the marble tomb in the basilica’s chancel contained the bones of the Magi!
These men from the East who were led to discover history’s most profound mystery were bold – they were certainly audacious enough to suggest to the pompous King Herod that they had come all the way to Judea to worship the one who had been born king of the Jews!
– The Magi were pilgrims in pursuit of a promise
– They were messengers of a very great mystery
– They followed a heavenly star in order to discover an earthly truth.
Nearly five decades later St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentles, wrote about the meaning of the Incarnation. He made no reference to the birth of Jesus and he disclosed no knowledge of the mysterious visit of the Magi, BUT he shared their sense of awe and wonder.
St. Paul believed that God’s eternal mystery was revealed through the coming of Jesus –
GOD’S PLAN FOR THE WORLD’S DESTINY WAS DISCLOSED THROUGH THE ONE BORN IN BETHLEHEM!
The Magi were drawn by the force of the mystery. Herod and his court missed the significance of that moment. Within two years Herod was dead, a footnote in history.