Epiphany of the Lord (Matthew 2:1-12)
 
Reflecting   
Here is the truth:  Jesus, born a Jew in Israel, came to save all people – all people!  Today’s Gospel is about good men who saw God’s star and followed it and found the Messiah, the Savior of the world.  The magi and their faithful confidence represent all humankind – every person on earth.
 
The magi went is search of God.  When they found Jesus, the course of their lives changed.
 
We, too, follow God’s star – the inner stirrings in our hearts – in search of Jesus.  We experience epiphanies – the revelation of Jesus, the Son of God – all the days of our lives.
 
Jesus reveals himself to us in the Eucharist, the Sunday readings, the Sacraments, prayer, good people, and events in our lives. Like the magi, we are greatly changed by our experiences of Jesus, the Son of God.
 
Sharing Ideas   
Talk about the times in your lives when you have felt the nearness of Jesus.
 
Acting  
Cut out small stars from white construction paper and write on the stars the names of people who have helped you to know Jesus.  Glue the stars onto a large piece of black (or another color) paper or poster board.
 
Praying  
Lord Jesus, help us to light up the world with the bright light of faith so that others might come to know you.  Amen.