Here we are on the threshold of another New Year! We stepped into the Church’s New Year with Advent and now for the Calendar Year 2020!
Christ has been born, but in a stable in a remote corner of Palestine. On 6th January, the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate the revelation of this wondrous event to the world outside; represented by Three Wise Men from “country far”, who have been called, each one separately, to make the perilous journey together, following a star, to welcome and bring gifts to the Saviour of Mankind.
Like so much in the Bible the story is full of symbolism. The Gold recognizes the kingship of Jesus, the Frankincense that he is the Son of God and the Myrrh as a message that he is going to have to suffer and die to redeem mankind.
There is a part of this story that has particular relevance to what is happening in so many countries today. Joseph had been warned that as Herod was intending to kill all children under the age of two, he should take Mary and Jesus and run away to Egypt; the Holy Family was to become a refugee family.
How often is this happening today? Whole families are having to flee for their lives to escape death. Let us ask ourselves just how much we are doing to help these poor souls and let us pray that governments come to their senses and stop this senseless bloodshed!