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Epiphany 2019

2019/01/06

 

Worship and jealousy

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,”Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,  are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel. Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way. Mt 2: 1-12

The newborn King

Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”  – both the wise and Herod have been asking. It’s true they expressed themselves differently. The magi were looking for the newborn king, while the despot was just searching for a child. Their motivations differed too. Herod was afraid a possible rival, the magi hailed the coming of a new age and the people hailed their Savor. Lo, the two prophecies now fused in one, they meant one and the same person. The chief priests new well the place where the king ought to be born and were aware of his future historic role, yet they ignored the date when all this should take place. The future king happened to be borne in the meantime but this exact fact was unknown to all except the shepherds.  The dimensions of space and time met in the star the magi were following and had to descend over the concrete place at a concrete moment. Yet the despot deduce from all these signs just the menace for his reign. As all despots he considered his guests just as another subject who will follow his instructions. These independent and free men should become his spies. He was mistaken and therefore he never met the child. After all did he really want it? Probably not. He couldn’t afford to adore him and thus lose his sovereignty. Even today there are people who miss the encounter with Jesus. In some cases he time is not opportune, in other cases the place of the meeting doesn’t please them. There is always an objection or two. We however should enter the house where he is to be found.

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  1. gergely ildiko permalink
    2019/01/07 11:02

    PAX—ISTEN kegyelmében eltöltendő BÉKÉS ÚJ ÉVET kivánok.BOCSÁNAT én angolul ,csakis konyhanyelven tudok valamicskét.NEM HOGY A SZENTIRÁS szavait értsem.Örülük saját nyelvemen való megösztásnak.DICSÉRTESSÉK A JÉZUS KRISZTUS—BIZZUK —ÚJRA—ÉLETÜNKET—-KRISZTUSRA—G.ILDIKÓ

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