St. Joseph Catholic Church - Toledo, OH

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January 6, 2013 - Epiphany Homily

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Homily Preparation Notes

-the cosmos pointing to Jesus, stars announcing His birth, quite a fine passage to use for reflecting on the line from the Creed: “all things were made through him...”

-no surprise that stars served Him in this way

-competing kingships here: Herod (of the world)... Jesus (true ruler of heaven and earth)

-our vision of the cosmos, all creation, with Jesus as the Mover behind it all... the template, the Beauty which the Father had in front of Him when he created.... all things were made to reflect the Beauty of the Son.....

-Do you see Him at the base of all creation... knowing that all creation is supposed to serve and glorify Him...


-Is your own approach to life one of service tot his king through whom all things were made?

-For so many He is merely a cute baby at Christmas whom they happily celebrate for a day in order to feel good by giving and receiving gifts...

-Let the gifts of these kings signify your entire life.....

-Eucharistic prayer III in Novus Ordo (Ordinary) Form of Mass: “May He make us an eternal offering to you.”

-Imagine laying down your gift before Him... in recognition of His kingship.... and confirming your dedication to be his subject..... The gift is laid before Him by you.... and you have become a gift from Him to the Father.... He drew you near by the star.... and you gave Yourself... which was coincident with His giving You to His heavenly Father...

-Gift yourself to Him again as you come to receive Him body, blood, soul and divinity in this Eucharist....


From St. Thomas' Catena Aurea

Aug.: After the miraculous Virgin-birth, a God-man having by Divine power proceeded from a virgin womb; in the obscure shelter of such a cradle, a narrow stall, wherein lay In- finite Majesty in a body more narrow, a God was suckled and suffered the wrapping of vile rags - amidst all this, on a sudden a new star shone in the sky upon the earth, and driving away the darkness of the world, changed night into day; that the day-star should not be hidden by the night.

Jerome: They knew that such a star would rise by the prophecy of Balaam (Num 24:17), whose successors they were. But whether they were Chaldaeans, or Persians, or came from the utmost ends of the earth, how in so short a space of time could they arrive at Jerusalem?

Aug.: The star which the Magi saw, at Christ’s birth according to the flesh, did not rule His fate, but ministered as a testimony to Him.

Aug.: If, as is more probable, it was first created at His birth, Christ was not therefore born because it arose, but the reverse; so that if we must have fate connected with the stars, this star did not rule Christ’s fate, but Christ the stars.

Gloss. interlin.: ‘His star,’ i.e. the star He created for a witness of Himself.

Leo, Sermon 34, 3: Besides that star thus seen with the bodily eye, a yet brighter ray of truth pierced their hearts; they were enlightened by the illumination of the true faith.


Iustus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum.
-- Gospel Acclamation, Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19

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--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen



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