Homily for Sunday The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Homily for Sunday The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Readings: Is 60:1-6; Eph3:2-3,5-6; Mt2:1-12

Christ, the salvation of all mankind.

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, God’s self-revelation to mankind. It is a feast that celebrates the salvation of mankind where God reveals himself through the child Jesus to the magi.

From the prophetic proclamation of Isaiah in our first reading today, Jerusalem as a city represents the whole world which was otherwise engulfed in darkness and sin, but will now be shining brightly and show forth the salvation of God to the whole world.

In the second reading, Paul recounts his calling to make known to gentiles that they too are called to share in the salvation of God just as the Jews were.

The Gospel reading reveals from the beginning the universality of salvation by the presence of the magi who come to Bethlehem to worship the child Jesus.

The wise men from the East are the personification of the world which is now given an opportunity to know God and attain his salvation.

Today’s celebration is a call to for us to proclaim to the world his salvation and so be the light which Jerusalem symbolizes, or the star that will lead others to salvation.

God’s intention to save the whole world will only be realized when all of us take our part in the proclamation of salvation.

That is why today the church in Malawi celebrates Holy Childhood Day, when children are taught to serve in the world in their capacity as children through service to the church and society.

Let us all take up our vocation as proclaimers of salvation so as to remain light in the world.

Blessed Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.