Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalms 72:1-2,7-8,10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12
Today’s Gospel Lesson includes the familiar story of the “Wise Men” from the East. “‘Where is the Infant King of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw His star as it rose and have come to do Him homage'” (Mt. 2:2). And the star “went forward,” Matthew tells us, “and halted over the place where the Child was” (Mt. 2:9).
Where was the Infant King when the Wise Men found Him? He was lying in a manger. Mother of all paradoxes: the King of the Universe, the King of all that was, all that is and all that will be, the King of every king who lived in a palatial palace was born in a smelly stable!