Daily Gospel Reflection for January 8, 2016


Today’s Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12, Epiphany of the Lord

Today we honour three fascinating enigmas – the wise men. They must have been educated and of course wealthy enough to travel and bring gifts, but with enough childlike curiosity and manly courage to venture into the unknown, following a moving star of all things, into a foreign land. At the same time, they had enough spiritual sensitivity to listen to the inner prompting of the Holy Spirit, even though they were not Jewish. A most unusual combination of attributes.

Furthermore, these scholars had enough humility to prostrate themselves and actually worship an impoverished human newborn, in the confines of a stable full of animals and the smell of manure.

Could we conceivably envision ourselves leaving all that is safe and comfortable to trek across a barren desert in search of an elusive Truth?

Would we be open minded enough to embrace the incredible, a king laying in a stable, without question?

Would we be spiritually astute enough to even recognize the Divine in such an unusual place?

Most importantly, would we be smart enough to worship a newborn as the Creator of the Universe, disguised as a tiny, swaddled bundle of helplessness, without the benefit of authoritative teaching and tradition?


Can we shake ourselves out of our spiritual ruts long enough to listen to the Living God who challenges us to change and grow?


Let us be open to surprises and joy, fresh revelations from God who yearns to teach us new things. Have mercy on us, o Lord,and grant us a teachable spirit.


Copyright 2017 Melanie Jean Juneau

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Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.


  1. Moving outside the comfortable…now there’s something to think about! Even more thought provoking…I never thought about the Wise Men NOT making the trip. It made me realize I think a lot about what happens if I “do” this or “do” that and I never really give much thought to what happens if I “don’t” do something. It changes the perspective a bit…thank you for that Melanie! It seems I too got a gift today! Blessings on your day!

  2. There is something deep here. It’s interesting how Epiphany is a major feast but still strangely obscure. Kind of like certain sounds are undetected by the human ear, but not for animals, or certain sights are only able to be seen under a microscope. Or, like St. Joseph, silent as he was, he played such a major part of our salvation, but we forget about him.
    I see the magi that way. We had a snow storm here in the NC mountains this past weekend. Many were unable to brave the icy mountain roads to get to church. Sunday, the church wasn’t even half full. The homily was incredible. I all of a sudden wondered if the word homily comes from the word, homage?
    I saw a parallel with how few people attended to this final part of the Christmas season, and how the magi were few; a few enlightened souls. Did they have any idea their role in the Great Commission? Their role in what we call, to evangelize, to spread the Gospel?
    Yes, I agree with Sheri. What if the three Wise Men didn’t travel? What if I do or don’t do certain things? I hadn’t thought of that.

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