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The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Note: Homilies & Angelus / Regina Caeli of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I had been compiled for you after the Mass Readings below. Happy Reading!

 

Mass Readings with pictures can be found in Encouragements-182 - 183 or Encouragements-350. 8-)

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Matthew Chapter 2 (video)

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Homilies, Angelus / Regina Caeli

 

A. Pope Saint John Paul II

 

Homily, 6 January 1997

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-557. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 1997

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-558. 8-)

 

Homily, 6 January 1998

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-558. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 1998

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-559. 8-)

 

Homily, 6 January 1999

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-351. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 1999

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-559. 8-)

 

Homily, 6 January 2000

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-559. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2000

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-560. 8-)

 

Homily, 6 January 2001

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-560. 8-)

 

Homily, 6 January 2002

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-351. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2002

 

Homily, 6 January 2003

 

Angelus, 6 January 2003

 

Angelus, 6 January 2004

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-352. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2005

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-352. 8-)

 

B. Pope Benedict XVI

 

Homily, 6 January 2006

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-352. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2006

 

Homily, 6 January 2007

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-353. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2007

 

Homily, 6 January 2008

 

Angelus, 6 January 2008

 

Homily, 6 January 2009

 

Angelus, 6 January 2009

 

Homily, 6 January 2010

 

Angelus, 6 January 2010

 

Homily, 6 January 2011

 

Angelus, 6 January 2011

 

Homily, 6 January 2012

 

Angelus, 6 January 2012

 

Homily, 6 January 2013

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-183. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2013

 

C. Pope Francis I

 

Homily, 6 January 2014

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-353. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2014

 

Homily, 6 January 2015

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragaments-561. 8-)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2015

 

Homily, 6 January 2016

 

Angelus, 6 January 2016

 

Homily, 6 January 2017

 

Angelus, 6 January 2017

 

Homily, 6 January 2018

 

Angelus, 6 January 2018

 

Homily, 6 January 2019

The light of God shines on those who receive it. Isaiah, in the first reading (cf. 60:2), tells us that that light does not prevent the darkness and the thick clouds from covering the earth, but shines forth on those prepared to accept it. And so, the prophet addresses a challenging summons to everyone: “Arise, shine” (60:1). We need to arise, to get up from our sedentary lives and prepare for a journey. Otherwise, we stand still, like the scribes that Herod consulted; they knew very well where the Messiah was born, but they did not move. We also need to shine, to be clothed in God who is light, day by day, until we are fully clothed in Jesus. Yet to be clothed in God, who like the light is simple, we must first put aside our pretentious robes. Otherwise, we will be like Herod, who preferred the earthly lights of success and power to the divine light. The Magi, instead, fulfil the prophecy. They arise and shine, and are clothed in light. They alone see the star in the heavens: not the scribes, nor Herod, nor any of the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

 

In order to find Jesus, we also need to take a different route, to follow a different path, his path, the path of humble love. And we have to persevere. Today’s Gospel ends by saying that the Magi, after encountering Jesus, “left for their own country by another road” (Matthew 2:12). Another road, different from that of Herod. An alternative route than that of the world, like the road taken by those who surround Jesus at Christmas: Mary and Joseph, the shepherds. Like the Magi, they left home and became pilgrims on the paths of God. For only those who leave behind their worldly attachments and undertake a journey find the mystery of God.

 

This holds true for us too. It is not enough to know where Jesus was born, as the scribes did, if we do not go there. It is not enough to know that Jesus was born, like Herod, if we do not encounter him. When his place becomes our place, when his time becomes our time, when his person becomes our life, then the prophecies come to fulfilment in us. Then Jesus is born within us. He becomes the living God for me. Today we are asked to imitate the Magi. They do not debate; they set out. They do not stop to look, but enter the house of Jesus. They do not put themselves at the centre, but bow down before the One who is the centre. They do not remain glued to their plans, but are prepared to take other routes. Their actions reveal a close contact with the Lord, a radical openness to him, a total engagement with him. With him, they use the language of love, the same language that Jesus, though an infant, already speaks. Indeed, the Magi go to the Lord not to receive, but to give. Let us ask ourselves this question: at Christmas did we bring gifts to Jesus for his party, or did we only exchange gifts among ourselves?

 

If we went to the Lord empty-handed, today we can remedy that. The Gospel, in some sense, gives us a little “gift list”: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold, the most precious of metals, reminds us God has to be granted first place; he has to be worshiped. But do that, we need to remove ourselves from the first place and to recognize our neediness, the fact that we are not self-sufficient. Then there is frankincense, which symbolizes a relationship with the Lord, prayer, which like incense rises up to God (cf.  Psalm 141:2). Just as incense must burn in order to yield its fragrance, so too, in prayer, we need to “burn” a little of our time, to spend it with the Lord. Not just in words, but also by our actions. We see this in the myrrh, the ointment that would be lovingly used to wrap the body of Jesus taken down from the cross (cf. John 19:39). The Lord is pleased when we care for bodies racked by suffering, the flesh of the vulnerable, of those left behind, of those who can only receive without being able to give anything material in return. Precious in the eyes of God is mercy shown to those who have nothing to give back. Gratuitousness! Gratuitousness is precious in God’s eyes.

 

In this Christmas season now drawing to its close, let us not miss the opportunity to offer a precious gift to our King, who came to us not in worldly pomp, but in the luminous poverty of Bethlehem. If we can do this, his light will shine upon us.

Pope Francis I (Homily, 6 January 2019)

 

Angelus, 6 January 2019

Today, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, is the celebration of the manifestation of Jesus, symbolized by light. In the prophetic texts this light is a promise: light is promised. Isaiah, in fact, addresses Jerusalem with these words: “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (60:1). The prophet’s invitation — to arise because the light has come — seems surprising, because it occurs in the aftermath of the harsh exile and of the numerous oppressions that the people have experienced.

 

Today this invitation also resonates for us, who have celebrated the Birth of Jesus, and it encourages us to allow ourselves to be reached by the light of Bethlehem. We too are invited not to stop at the outward signs of the event, but to set out from it once again and to undertake anew the experience of our journey as men and women, and as believers.

 

The light that the Prophet Isaiah had foretold, is present and encountered in the Gospel. And Jesus, born in Bethlehem, the City of David, has come to bring salvation to those near and far: to everyone. Matthew the Evangelist reveals various ways by which one can encounter Christ and react to his presence. For example, Herod and the scribes of Jerusalem have a hard heart, which obstinately refuses the visit of that Child. This is one possibility: to be closed to the light. They represent those who, even in our day, fear Jesus’ coming and close their heart to brothers and sisters who need help. Herod is afraid of losing power and does not consider the true good of the people, but rather his own personal advantage. The scribes and the chief priests of the people are afraid because they do not know how to look beyond their own certainties; they are thus unable to understand the newness that is in Jesus.

 

Instead, the experience of the Magi is quite different (cf. Matthew 2:1-12). Having come from the East, they represent all the faraway peoples of the traditional Hebrew faith. Yet they allow themselves to be guided by the star and face a long and perilous journey just to arrive at the destination and to know the truth of the Messiah. The Magi were open to ‘novelty’, and history’s greatest and most surprising novelty is revealed to them: God-made-man. The Magi prostrate themselves before Jesus and offer him symbolic gifts: gold, incense and myrrh, because seeking the Lord entails not only perseverance on the journey but also generosity of heart. And lastly, they returned “to their own country” (v. 12); and the Gospel states that they returned “by another road”. Brothers and sisters, each time that a man or woman encounters Jesus, he or she changes paths, returns to life in a different way, returns renewed, “by another road”. They returned “to their own country”, bearing within them the mystery of that humble and poor King; we can imagine that they told everyone about the experience they had had: the salvation offered by God in Christ is for all mankind, near and far. It is not possible to “take possession” of that Child: he is a gift for all.

 

Let us also have a bit of silence in our heart and allow ourselves to be illuminated by the light of Jesus that comes from Bethlehem. Let us not allow our fears to close our hearts, but let us have the courage to open ourselves to this light that is meek and delicate. Then, like the Magi, we will feel “great joy” (v. 10) that we will be unable to keep to ourselves. May the Virgin Mary — star who guides us to Jesus and Mother who shows Jesus to the Magi and to all those who approach her — support us on this journey.

Pope Francis I (Angelus, 6 January 2019)

 

Homilies 2019 

 

Angelus, Regina Caeli 2019

 

Audiences 2019

 

 

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Compiled on 6 January 2019

Last updated: 28 December 2019

 

 

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