Lectionary Reflections: Feast of the Epiphany [c] January 3, 2016

Engaging Faith | Sun, Dec 27, 2015

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern


Feast of the Epiphany  

January 3, 2016




Isaiah 60:1-6

Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6

Matthew 2:1-12



January 3: Epiphany of the Lord 

January 3-9: National Migration Week

January 4: Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 7: Orthodox Christmas Day

January 11: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day



In Christ Jesus "there does not exist among you Jew or Greek, slave or freedom, male or female. All are one in Christ Jesus." …. It is in Christ, that the Church finds the central cause for its commitment to justice, and to the struggle for the human right and dignity of all persons.

-U.S. Bishops, Brothers and Sisters to Us, 1979

We belong to one human family. As such we have mutual obligations to promote the rights and development of all people across communities, nations, and the world, irrespective of national boundaries. In particular, the rich nations have responsibility toward the poor nations, and the structures of the international order must reflect justice.

-DeBerri, Hug, Henriot and Schultheis, Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret, Page 24

Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples. 

-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 216

In the course of twenty centuries of history, the generations of Christians have periodically faced various obstacles to this universal Mission.  Despite such adversities, the Church constantly renews her deepest inspiration, that which comes to her directly from the Lord: To the whole world! To all creation! Right to the ends of the earth! 

-Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 50

The migrant is a human person who possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance (cf. n. 62). 

-Benedict XVI, 2010 Message for World Day of Migrant and Refugees

Asylum seekers, who fled from persecution, violence and situations that put their life at risk, stand in need of our understanding and welcome, of respect for their human dignity and rights, as well as awareness of their duties. 

-Benedict XVI, 2011 Message for World Day of Migrant and Refugees

There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 25


Thoughts for Your Consideration

In an age of globalization, the celebration of Epiphany takes on more importance than ever. The magi are not Jews, but they seek the Christ as do the Jewish people. Christ is a light for the whole world.  Christ calls together the whole world and all its peoples.  Christ calls for a healing of divisions and openness to learn from all people.  Christ calls for a just world order – trade policies that respect the economic opportunities of all people especially the poor – environmental policies that respect the world that we all share together – spending policies that respond to human needs – investment in human needs rather than the weapons of war – a world that lives in an environmentally sustainable way -- a greater equality in sharing the fruits of our work and our earth.

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