O GOD, who by the leading of a star did manifest your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant, that we, who know you now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of your glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 60:1-9; Psalm 100; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Christmas is, in a sense, a sneaky holiday: God enters into the world as a humble baby. The humanity of Christ is plain to the eye, but the divinity is comparatively hidden. And thus we have the Epiphany – the revelation of Jesus as none other than God himself. The story of the wise men traveling from the East to worship the Christ child is a marvelous example of God revealing himself in the humble form of a baby. This theme of making something invisible into something visible is taken up the epistle reading – God’s hidden plan has been made known. Alongside the season’s theme of revealing Jesus to be God is today’s particular focus on the Gentiles: non-Jews are fully included in God’s plan of redemption for the world. The epistle reading particularly dwells on this topic as the Old Testament reading prophesies it. And so we can all come, as today’s Psalm says, and worship God together, because he is faithful for everyone for ever!