Epiphany January 7th, 2018

Jan 11, 2018

Feast of the Epiphany 2018

      In December of 1968 three of our astronauts were scheduled to make the first flight around the moon.  The whole world was watching.  A few weeks before blast-off the Federation of British Astrologers made a gloomy prophecy.  They predicted that the space flight would be a failure.  Why?  Because two planets, Jupiter and Uranus, would be close together, causing personality changes in the astronauts. As we may have remembered, that Apollo 8 Flight was successful.  The star prophets were wrong.

      The list of mistakes by those who maintain they can tell the future by the stars is endless.  Nevertheless, over 10 million Americans think their future is written in the stars.  Countless newspapers and magazines carry a daily horoscope, telling what good and evil will happen to people on certain days.

 Here are some facts about this senseless, harmful practice:

  • There is no scientific proof that the stars affect our lives.
  • The predictions in the paper are so general that they could apply to anyone. Every day, any person can experience some good or evil, some successes or failures, some gains or losses.
  • Someone is making a lot of money out of this nonsense.
  • If there was anything to it, why haven’t the readers of the stars gone into the stock market and made a killing, or on the gambling boats or Las Vegas to get rich?
  • Maybe you have even dabbled in the stars for the fun of it, yet if we really take it seriously, we are breaking the first law of God: “Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.” When we give to an astrologer or a star the power that belongs to God alone, we offend Almighty God.

      But, the wise men followed a star didn’t they?  Yes. We believe that God used some unusual, even miraculous light or star, to guide the Wise Men to the crib of His Son.  Furthermore, the three kings were also following the prophecies of God’s messengers.  Which were valid and true.

      Yet on this Feast of the Epiphany we once more recall that the source of all Light and Truth is Jesus Christ.  He is the creator of the universe and all the stars contained therein.  Every good thing we have comes from Him.  He is the alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of all things. 

      As for the good or bad things that may happen to us in life, they happen for a reason.  Nothing happens by way of the stars or by superstition, but for the good of those who love the Lord.

     This Feast of the Epiphany makes a lot of sense, in Jesus Christ’s birth there had to be some star, some physical source of light of nature that pointed to the true and eternal light of Christ.  Yet, the star the three Wise Astrologer Kings followed was not to find out what the future was like reading a horoscope, but rather in finding the Christ Child in the manger they were rather given a glimpse into eternity.  There gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh signified something more than just any gift. They were supernatural gifts.  The gift of Gold was given because Jesus is the King of Kings.  Gold was used to make the crowns of Kings.  The gift of Frankincense was given because Jesus is the Son of God and would offer Himself in sacrifice on the cross as priest and victim.  Remember that Frankincense was used as a sacrificial offering in the temple.  Myrrh was given as a gift because Jesus would die for our sins and would be buried in the tomb.  Myrrh was used to embalm the dead.  All of these gifts make sense and point out for us just Who Jesus is.  Our Just, Loving and Merciful Lord who will one day judge us by how much we have been just, loving and merciful toward others.

     Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.  We don’t need a horoscope to tell us this, just our faith in Him that will always guide us in this life by the light of His Truth, no matter how sick or healthy we are , old or young we are, rich or poor.  If we follow His light we will never be wrong, we will always choose the path that leads to heaven to join the saints that shine like stars forever.