First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm Response: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
In Ephesians, St. Paul says “God’s secret plan was revealed…in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews, members of the same body and sharers of the promise through the preaching of the Gospel.” Paul calls this God’s secret plan that all people are called and chosen to be one with each other in all ways. This is reflected in all the readings of today. Isaiah tells the Chosen People that all nations would come to the great Light that would come among them. Kings would bow down. People would come from all over the earth and great riches would be theirs. In Matthew we read of the Magi’s trip to Bethlehem first stopping at Herod’s palace thinking the new king would be there. These travelers, our representatives, were from far countries bringing gifts to the new born king as Isaiah foretold. In Psalm 72, we also hear about kings coming from afar and the poor being heard when they called out for this king would rule with justice. All of these readings speak about “all”. If we look around in our world of today, do we really believe that all people are called? Jews, Christians, Muslims, those with no religion, atheists? What about the immigrants, prostitutes, LGBT, the homeless, the addicts, the criminals? What groups do we tend to exclude from the “all”? Let us reflect how we might be excluding some people. How might we believe in God’s mercy so that we might learn to include “all” people and let the judging to God.
God, we ask your forgiveness for not being more accepting of all of your children, especially those who are poor and downtrodden. We thank you for your continuing mercy and love of all people. We are grateful that you have called us to be your sons and daughters. Help us to welcome the stranger among us and see your face in them. Amen.
Dianne Kaimann, osf