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The Feast of Ephiphany – reflection

05-031 The word Epiphany, which means appearance or manifestation, marks Jesus’ first appearance to the Gentiles. "Epiphany" refers to God’s self-revelation as well as the revelation of Jesus as His Son. It is a celebration older than the feast of Christmas, having originated in the East in the late second century. The feast commemorates the coming of the Magi, Three Wise Men, as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.

More than 500 years before Christ’s birth, God had promised, through his prophet Isaiah, that he was going to lead all the nations to Jerusalem to share in the light of salvation. He even promised that they would bring gold and incense. And through a different prophet, the Psalmist, he made the same promise in different words "the kings of Tarshish and the coasts will pay him tribute; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring him gifts".

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