The Epiphany of the Lord

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you…

we hear this in our Responsorial Psalm this weekend and paired with our Gospel turns my focus to the universality of the Church. What we celebrate this weekend in this Christmas season is not just for us, but for the entire world. We can shrink our focus too often, but are reminded with the arrival of Jesus, the promise of God’s kingdom expands to include all of humanity. The magi are outsiders and have traveled a great distance to see the newborn King of the Jews. They search in expectation, wonder and awe and are warmly welcomed by Mary and Joseph even though their beliefs, customs, and culture are so different. I am challenged by the readings to check myself and think, how do I warmly welcome those around me who are different, have different cultures or views on issues? This is something that has gradually diminished in our society. Do we treat others with the God-given dignity that they deserve? How can we make small changes in our thinking or welcoming this week to be more like Mary and Joseph?

May this reminder of hospitality and welcoming of all humanity guide us in this coming year!