To Hear the Word of God: Homilies at Mass

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Time of Epiphany

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

IS. 60, 1-6; MT. 2, 1-12.

AT the point of today's gospel when the adoration of the Magi is spoken of by Matthew we suit action to the word and bend our right knees: "They prostrated themselves and did homage to him." In the presence of the Holy One we, the unholy, touch the earth. We emulate Mary who said that in choosing her, God had had regard for her lowliness. Now the word "humilitas" comes from "humus," "earth." Down we go in a brief interlude of honest self-evaluation.

In the Epiphany preface we pray to God: "Your only-begotten Son renewed us by the light of his own immortality when he appeared among us in the reality of our mortal nature."

He came to heal us of an heretofore incurable malady called death. He assumed a corruptible body so as to raise it up in incorruption. He lay low in straw that we might rise high in glory. The Easter mystery and that of Epiphany are all one with the Christmas mystery: "By dying himself, he has restored us to life."

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said to Isaac Hecker, later founder of the Paulist Fathers, at Brook Farm in Massachusetts: "Do you think I could ever become a Roman Catholic?"

"No," said Hecker.

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To Hear the Word of God: Homilies at Mass
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Temporal Cycle 17
  • Christmas Time 34
  • Time of Epiphany 44
  • Time After Epiphany to Septuagesima 50
  • Time of Septuagesima 61
  • Season of Lent 74
  • Paschal Time - (instruction Preceding Solemn Mass of the Paschal Vigil) 103
  • Ascencion Time 118
  • Season After Pentecost 129
  • Sanctoral Cycle 163
  • Index 298
  • Index of Scripture Citations 301
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