is the year of proclaiming (mostly) the gospel of Mark (Year B of the three-
year liturgical cycle), today's gospel is taken from Matthew (2:1-12) as it is the
only gospel that records this story of the Epiphany.
is the principal focus of today's gospel. Is this
idea of giving gifts at Christmas? Is it simply a children's story? Not hardly.
The Magi are Middle Easterners as distinguished from the rest of Jesus' people
in Matthew's gospel (who are referred to as Judeans of some sort). Like the
angels at Christmas, another heavenly connection, a
Jesus. The message that Matthew's gospel seeks to impart is that Jesus has
come for the Gentiles as well as for the Jews... all are invited to salvation
to mark the doorways with C+M+B (Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar) as a
reminder that salvation for all people is through Christ. Perhaps your family
would like to designate the door to your home as a "domestic holy door" by
using a piece of chalk to inscribe the following on the frame above your door:
20 + C + M + B + 12 (the initials of the 3 kings flanked by the numbers
indicating the current year). Then, say this prayer together:
Bless this family as we pray and inscribe the initials of the three kings
who became human two thousand and twelve years ago.
God, source of all our joy, remain with us throughout this new year.
from Today's Liturgy 2000