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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Isaiah 60:1-6)
Isaiah informs Israel that, while things are indeed dark at present, a dramatic change is coming. The glory of the Lord will so shine upon them that the nations will be attracted and bring gifts, including gold and frankincense, to a joyfully reunited and thriving Israel.
Psalm (72:1-7, 10-14)
The Psalm is a prayer for the king, that he may rule in justice and righteousness, defending the poor and crushing the oppressor. May the kings of the nations bring him tribute and gifts, bowing down and serving him. May he live forever!
Second Reading (Ephesians 3:1-12)
St. Paul speaks of the mystery, now revealed especially in his own apostleship, of how the Gentiles are to be included in the people of God. This was always God’s purpose in sending Jesus, to whom anyone at all can come by faith.
Gospel (Matthew 2:1-12)
Scholars from the East tell King Herod of another king whose birth was marked by a star. Following it to Bethlehem, they find and worship the child, giving him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Warned in a dream, they avoid a jealous Herod and start home.
- The nations come to the King bearing gifts (no nation left behind)
- The inclusion of the Gentiles in the plan of God
- The time of fulfillment is breaking upon us with the birth of Jesus
- The sheer enormity of the Christ-event
- Gifts for a King?