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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Today is Epiphany

The Epiphany marks the day when the three wise men traveled from afar to visit the newborn infant Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem.  (I’d like to give credit to who ever this image belongs to so please let me know) Such a beautiful picture. :)

WiseMenAdorationMurillo According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world.

Excerpt from the Catechism:

528 The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.212 In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi's coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations.213 Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.214 The Epiphany shows that "the full number of the nations" now takes its "place in the family of the patriarchs", and acquires Israelitica dignitas215 (is made "worthy of the heritage of Israel").


Barb said...

Hi sweet Sandra, such a beautiful post. I love your heart!!

Barb ♥

Rebecca Nelson said...

I love reading this, Sandra. It never ceases to amaze me the things I'm able to learn from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I was raised Protestant but I LOVE LOVE LOVE how enlightened I become when I read about the teachings of other churches.

This has truly blessed me today. I will now honor The Epiphany along side of you.

Love to you friend.


Ramel said...

Very Pretty...
Love is Stronger than Death...
Thanks for posting and remembering.

Ginny said...

Love this holiday too. It markes the end of the Christmas season, but it makes me excited to look toward Easter, my FAVORITE of all holidays.
We are all Easter people, so that makes it extra special.