“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?"

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany: The visit of the Magi to Jesus. And what a story. Wise Men following their strange star. And this child they seek, the newborn King of the Jews, is in Bethlehem.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2013 (EpiphanyC)
From the
Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
Isaiah 60:1-6

1. Though darkness covered the earth, light and glory had come to Jerusalem, says the First Reading. Are you always aware of God's light and glory in your life?

2. Did Jerusalem have any light of her own? Were nations coming to her or to the light? What do you think draws people to the Church today?

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13

1. Our psalmist describes a powerful king who will rule from sea to sea. Yet this king stoops to rescue the afflicted and has pity on the lowly and the poor. In what way do these verses speak to you about the coming of our Savior.

2. The psalm mentions that all the kings of the civilized world shall offer gifts to this newly endowed king. Are you also inspired to bring tribute to our
newborn Savior, and what sort of gift will you offer?

Second Reading
Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6

1. Just what was this mystery that brightened the whole world? Was a star an integral part of the story?

2. A revelation was given to Paul by the Spirit, he says. It told him that Christ's life was too great to be limited to its starting place. Not only the Jews but the Gentiles as well are "coheirs, members of the same body." Have Christians always treated the Jewish peoples in the way Paul describes?

Matthew 2:1-12

1. God sent the Magi a message that caused them to ride camels half way across the known world. What would motivate you to put in this kind of effort? What was worth this kind of search for them?

2. What is the main contrast between Jerusalem and Bethlehem? Between Herod and the Magi? What does this tell you about places and people God chooses?

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1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont4:59 PM

    “All kings shall pay him homage,
    all nations shall serve him.”

    Our psalmist speaks about a
    perfect king – a king who judges
    like God, governs his people with
    justice, his oppressed with right
    judgment. But where is such a king
    to be found? Not likely among the
    kings of Israel.

    The psalm speaks of a king that is
    to live as long as the sun endures,
    like the moon through all generations.
    So there is a mystery about him –
    “He rules from sea to sea, from the
    river to the ends of the earth.”

    The verses of the psalm recall for us
    the Epiphany – “The Kings of Tarshish
    and the islands shall offer gifts; the kings
    of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.”
    [as in today's Gospel].
    The more we read the Psalm, the more
    it tells us about the Messiah to come –
    “May all kings bow before him, all nations
    serve him.”

    We see the light, just as the prophet
    Isaiah said we would in our 1st reading.
    The mystery is revealed to us, poor in
    spirit though we are: “He rescues the poor
    when they cry out, the afflicted who
    have no one to help.” This is what our
    Good Shepherd, Jesus, is sent to do,
    to shepherd God’s people. This is why
    we join the magi in paying homage
    to our newborn King and join with our
    psalmist in singing, "Blessed be the Lord;
    Blessed be His glorious name."