Occasion: Sunday January 8, 2017 Feast of the Epiphany
You can find the full readings here. This Lectio is based on the second reading, Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6.
Brothers and sisters:
You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to me for your benefit,
namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.
It was not made known to people in other generations
as it has now been revealed
to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
God’s grace, for your benefit, members of the same body, promise in Christ Jesus
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany when the three kings, sent by Herod to find the Christ child, are struck with the realization that Jesus is the Messiah long promised by God through the prophets. This is the first epiphany of many that will be seen in the Gospels. Others that have epiphanies about the nature of Jesus include His mother, Mary, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and the good thief.
In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul makes known to us something that had never been revealed to the Jews, namely that the Gentiles are coheirs to the promises of Christ and members of the same body. God reveals this and many other things to St. Paul regarding the nature of Christ and the salvation that he procured for all of mankind. God does so only in the fullness of time and has continued this pattern of divine revelation throughout the centuries following the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
As Paul also notes, he is the steward of God’s grace given for the benefit of the one Body of Christ. It is through this grace, dispensed through proper reception of the Sacraments, as well as infused passively by the Holy Spirit, that we may receive Divine Truth with great faith, our own epiphany.