“Epiphany, or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus Who manifests Himself as God and Lord of the world. Already a prodigy is revealed in His divinity – the extraordinary star which appeared in the East. To the commemoration of this miracle, which holds the primary place in the day’s liturgy, the Church adds two others: the changing of water to wine at the wedding feast of Cana and the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, when a voice from Heaven announced, “This is My beloved Son.” The Magnificat Antiphon says, “Three miracles adorn this Holy Day” – three miracles which should lead us to recognize the Child Jesus as our Lord and King, and to adore Him with lively faith.” (Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, “Divine Intimacy“, Baronius Press)
Each of the three is a revelation of the Savior: to the pagan nations, to those chosen people who were seeking the Savior at Our Lord’s baptism and again to His people at the wedding feast of Cana; this time demonstrating His power. Ven. Maria de Agreda states that all these events occurred on the same day of three different years.
Today’s Epistle is from Isaiah 60, 1-6 and reads in part: “Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall walk in Thy light, and Kings in the brightness of Thy rising.”
The Magi represent the pagan nations who came to the faith of the new born infant King in due time. And we know that even as it has been so shall it be again. The darkness and mists will dissipate, and the pagan and neo-pagan nations will be chastened and pay due homage to the King of Kings in the restoration of the faith.
Father Gabriel notes that “A star often appears in the heaven of our souls; it is an inspiration from God, clear and intimate, urging us to greater generosity and calling us to a life of closer union with Him. Like the Magi, we too must always follow our star with faith, promptness, and selfless generosity. If we allow it to guide us, it will certainly lead us to God; it will bring us to the One whom we are seeking.”
Today we resolve to place before the manger of this new-born King our gifts: the incense of prayer, the myrrh of mortification and suffering borne with generous love for our Lord and Savior, and the gold of charity, that is, a love so pure that it will strip us of all obstacles, so that we abandon ourselves totally to the will of the Divine Infant, consumed with the desire to glorify Him in all things whatsoever.
Today is the First of our First Saturdays of Reparation. We renew again our Consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and renew our commitment for reparation for sins and the conversion of poor sinners, trusting Our Lady to bring us a deeper, clearer manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, for she is the secure way to Him and the perfect model of the generous love He so desires from us.
Please, Pray the Rosary, so much depends upon it!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
~ by peregrine for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!