God Was Prideful of His Only Son; Revealed Birth through Both Nature, Science
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The following are excerpts of a homily preached recently by the Rev. Andrew Fisher at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church:
Recently two friends of mine had their first child. Within two hours of the birth, the new dad sent me a text message announcing the baby's arrival. Within four hours, he called on the phone to tell me the news in his own words. Within 10 hours, he sent me a special e-mail with pictures of the baby with family members. Finally, two days later, I received in the mail an invitation to a party at the family's home to meet the baby. The eagerness of this father shows that he could not wait for friends to experience the same joy he had in the coming of his son.
In a similar way, the Christmas season recalls the great lengths a heavenly Father would go to in order to announce the birth of His Son to all nations.
For generations, God had spoken through the prophets to announce the coming of the Savior. His chosen people had held firm to this promise and waited for years through good times and bad. Then, on Christmas night, angels led the shepherds to come and adore the newborn Savior. But, God did not limit the announcement of His Son's coming to the shepherds and to the people of Israel, even though they had been the first to believe in the promised Savior.
Today, we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, a word that means "unveiling." God sent His Son to redeem all men and women. As we heard in Matthew's Gospel today, God chose to reveal His Son to the Gentiles through nature and science. Since the wise men had no knowledge of the prophets or the events of the Old Testament, God chose to grab their attention by a great star in the sky. Their knowledge of stars taught them that this new star testified to a new king and kingdom, which was without equal. To many people living in the world, God was veiled and unknown. However, today God spoke to those who did not know His Son, that they too could come and adore Him. Today, all men and women are invited to become co-heirs of salvation though faith in Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Matthew tells us that the wise men brought gifts to express their homage. …