Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days,
to be tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days,
and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him,
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli; Tempera on panel; 111 x 134 cm; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of the Epiphany of our Lord, that is, the manifestation or appearance of the Lord in human form. The first mention of this feast day is by the Roman author Ammianus Marcellinus in AD 361. It is celebrated on January 6th or the Sunday between the 2nd and 8th of the month. Epiphany signals the end of the Christmas season and the start of Ordinary time. In the Western Church we commemorate the Adoration of the Magi on this feast, while in the Eastern Church the emphasis is on the baptism of Jesus. Continue reading →