Sunday, 6 January 2008

Wise men from the east

"After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came from the east". So begins today's Gospel reading. Today's feast - the Epiphany of the Lord - marks the day when Gentiles (non-Jews) were invited to come and see the Messiah, thus opening God's offer of salvation to the entire world. Our 'three wise men' have now been placed in the Cathedral crib, which can be viewed until next weekend, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.