Scripture Background

Solemnity of the Epiphany
Week of Sunday January 4

 

First Reading

The reading from Isaiah refers to a time of great hope in ancient Israel.
Jerusalem which had been destroyed by the Babylonians, was about to be rebuilt.
God’s presence and guidance are often associated with light—notice words such as shine and radiance

 

 

 

 

 

The Jewish Paul of Tarsus was overwhelmed by the light of Christ.
Paul stressed that God always reaches out first.
God’s presence and guidance are often associated with light—notice words such as shine and radiance
God’s promise to Israel is fulfilled in Jesus and all people, both gentiles and Jews share in salvation in Christ.

 

• The

Gospel

• The gospel reading links Jesus to God’s promise to Israel.
• The royal title given by the magi to Jesus points to his role as messiah.
• In ancient times the birth of a great person was often associated with astrological events.

For more see Celebrate the Sunday Readings, by
David Brehm.