The Word This Week

We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.

In the East, this Season of Christmas is called the “Time of Manifestation”, or “Showing”. Today is the “Feast of the Manifestation”, or the Showing (off) of the Saviour to the whole world, to all nations. In the wise men who travel from the East, we see all the nations beyond the people of Israel being welcomed at the new ‘Temple’ of the ‘New Covenant’ – the new born child in the manger. A look at the Psalm response shows this: “All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.” The same is true of the key word in the second reading: “Revelation”. Remember that for the people of Israel this was to be their Messiah, come to restore their fortunes. By this feast, we proclaim God’s plan was to extend his salvation to the men and women of every nation, of every time and every place – including us. In many ways this is our Christmas Feast, when we celebrate the Good News of the Saviour’s birth revealed at last to us.

Today’s Scripture (Psalter: Week 2)
Isaiah 60: 1 – 6
Response: Psalm 71
O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
And your poor in right judgement.

In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the great river to earth’s bounds.

The Kings of Tarshish and the sea coasts/
shall pay him tribute.
The Kings of Sheba and Seba /
shall bring him gifts.
Before him all kings shall fall prostrate,
all nations shall serve him.

For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.

(Sung Antiphon: All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.
Ephesians 3: 2–3, 5–6
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! We saw his star as it rose
and have come to do the Lord homage. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Matthew 2: 1 – 12

Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, let your light shin

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