I love the feast of Epiphany.
Not only is it one of the six Christmas dates we should not forget, but also it’s a reminder that we should search for the “Little Epiphanies” in our own lives – the times that our Lord reveals himself to us in sometimes mysterious and often not-so-mysterious ways.
There’s another reason, I love it so much.
I love it because I believe Mary is the real “Star” at Epiphany.
Per some accounts, the Star of Bethlehem likely was formed when three stars joined in conjunction. The Magi – astrologers from the area of Iraq, Iran, Yemen, or Saudi Arabia – observed the conjunction and saw it as a sign that the prophecy was being fulfilled. The King of the Jews would soon be born. They became known as the Three Kings because of the three expensive gifts they brought to honor the Christ Child: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Eager to pay this new King homage, the Magi set off on their journey, following the Star to Bethlehem where they found the King and his parents.
In the process, I believe, they discovered another star – the Blessed Virgin Mary. ….