On Christmas we celebrated the birth of the Jesus, the Messiah, and a descendant of King David —the renowned Jewish king. “In celebrating the Epiphany we celebrate the Good News breaking out’ beyond the boundaries of Israel, and being made known to all the peoples of the world— to every tribe, and tongue and people and nation. So, we celebrate the Savior who comes to the Gentiles. This is symbolized by the three wise men, who came from the East to welcome and worship Him.
Epiphany means ‘revealed’. But what is it, exactly, that is revealed to the Magi?
It's revealed that God loves all human beings, not just one kind.
It's revealed that God has a perfect plan to save us from the dead end of sin and selfishness, and love us back from the brink of hatred, jealousy, greed and violence that threatens to destroy us.
It's revealed that God chose to do this through a small, humble and unassuming family from a poor neighborhood so that the poor and the rich could recognize the love at the heart of this world-transforming event.
“Notice the stark contrast between the Magi kings and Herod the king: Herod sees the promised child as a threat. He's afraid the coming baby will crimp his style, will challenge his power and lower his status. The Magi see the promised child as wonderful gift. They've humbled themselves to travel a great distance to a strange culture that speaks a different language, in order to embrace this baby who fulfills God's love.
“Let us respond to the [deep] meaning of this Feast by participating in the ongoing epiphany, the ongoing revealing, of God's love and light to a world desperately in need of redemption.”
Excerpts from Fr. Paul Schenck, Homily for the Epiphany, 2015