Sunday Gospel reflections: A mystery still

The Epiphany of the Lord

"The Adoration of the Magi" by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1904. Photo: Public Domain

The mystery … has now been revealed. (Ephesians 3:3, 5)

Here’s the “mystery”: God was revealed to a particular people — the Jewish people — but all along, God intended to to be revealed eventually to everyone. For a long time this plan was a secret, since God told the Jews about it only in an obscure way. Now that Jesus has come, the secret is out.

Yet God’s plan remains a mystery. For what about God isn’t a mystery? Think of how God is reigning over creation, being revealed in our hearts, sharing love and joy with us. All, all deep mysteries. And God doesn’t become less mysterious the more God is revealed.

It is a common experience that the more people know God, the less they feel they understand God. When I was in my 20s, I understood some things about God. Now that I’m in my 60s, I’m amazed at how much I thought I understood back then.

Sunday’s feast of God being revealed in Jesus Christ is something for us to celebrate with thankfulness — and also with awe. 

— Kevin Perrotta


Isaiah 60:1–6

Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13

Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6

Matthew 2:1-12

“The Adoration of the Magi” by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1904. Photo: Public Domain

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