Today we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany. Today’s gospel is one of the most popular stories in the Bible and rightly so. It recognizes the essence of the Gospel story that God had made himself present to us in the person of Jesus, God’s only Son, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, one in being with the Father.
The revelation that Jesus was Son of God is offensive to some, a contradiction to others, but it is salvation for those who believe in Jesus. The magi are the forerunners of those who would come to believe in Jesus, the first of those people foreseen by prophet 500 years before Christ who would come to Jerusalem seeking the light of God’s glory. The magi are the first of those who would do homage to Jesus who would in a few short years be made known to all nations through the preaching of the apostles.
The magi who visited Jesus when he was born, in seeing the star of the King of the Jews at its rising, explained “behold him, but not now.” His kingship would not be proclaimed until he had hung on the cross beneath the title The King of the Jews, and had been raised up to be seated at the right hand of the Father in the resurrection.
Already we see in today’s readings those who should have embraced his reign as either indifferent to him such as the chief priests, or seriously threatened by him, such as Herod. Yet, in spite of opposition, people have always given him homage and always will, for as the angel announced to Mary, of his kingdom there will be no end.