Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Epiphany of the Lord: The Manifestation of the Child Jesus


          Sunday Breakfast with the Word: The Epiphany of the Lord.        


Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12.



“Epiphany” means manifestation. The “Epiphany of the Lord” is the manifestation of the Child Jesus to the world.  God reveals Himself to the wise men from the east.

But this Epiphany of the Lord is not only to these Magi from the East. It is a symbolic representation, because they are non jews. That God reveals Himself to non-Jews is a symbolic representation that Jesus comes for sake of all. 


Therefore, the Epiphany of the Lord today is a symbolic and real manifestation of the Lord to the whole world. 


These Magi, travelling from a foreign and non-Jewish nation, reveal that Jesus is for all people. Then, if Jesus comes for all, the implication is that all is called to adore Him.



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The Personality of the Magi


Magi, whose singular is Magus, means Wise Men. Matthew in today’s gospel says that they are “from the East”. Matthew does not tell us the exact place the wise men are coming from and also their exact number.


Therefore, there was an assumption that they are Persian or Arabian astrologers who are experts in studying signs through the stars. These astrologers do attach religious significance to the heavenly bodies.


Also, we do not know if they are exactly three or more. We presume that they are three wise men because they presented three gifts each to the Lord. 


In ancient times, many people also believe that the appearance of significant stars does announce the birth of great men. Some Roman historians like Suetonius and Tacitus even speak of an expectation that a certain world ruler would come from Judea.



So, it seems there is already an expectation of the birth of the newborn king. So, when the astrologers/wise men saw the star, they immediately interpret that something significant is happening, or something significant has happened.


Secondly, there is an assumption that these visitors are not just ordinary, or poor peasants. The gifts they offered to Jesus are most of the costliest gifts at that time. Gold is very expensive, the same with frankincense and myrrh.


Remember that during the burial of Jesus, Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, which is about seventy-five pounds for the body of Jesus (John 19:39). This shows how costly it is. 


So, these luxurious gifts indicate that these men are people of great wealth and power.


Therefore, if the assumption is true, these wise men then teach us to have the inner hunger to encounter Jesus always despite our positions.


When they met the child today, the first thing they did was to prostrate immediately and pay Jesus great homage. They worshipped Him. In essence, despite our positions in life, we must humble ourselves before God.


Therefore, the presence of God is not where we show how powerful, popular or wise we are.

 We owe God great respect always. God deserves our respect. That we are in a particular position does not mean we are now greater than God. No earthly position lasts forever and none of it is greater than God. We have to worship God in humility and truth just as the magi did. 


The Star shows the Way




In today’s epiphany of the Lord, God uses what the wise men are familiar with to reveal Christ to them and to adore Him.


God uses a star to lead them to Christ. They understood the stars and when they saw this new and unique star over Bethlehem, they realized that something special was happening.


1. The first lesson we take from this is that God can use what is familiar to us to call us to Himself. Look for the “star” that God is using to call you. It is closer than we may think. He continually manifests himself in things we see.


The magi were able to read meaning into this manifestation and then proceeded to find out who is truly this great king that was born. This is a call to sometimes read meaning into many things that are happening around us, they may be ways God is bringing us to Him.


God uses a lot of things so known to us to bring us closer to Him. We have to read meanings into many things that do happen to us. Some of them do not happen by chance.


2. The wise men discovered that something great is happening and they have to respond positively to that. They must have gone through a long journey to pay homage to Jesus.


Therefore, the magi can be seen as champions of faith, who never doubted God’s revelation or inspiration. They followed His direction through the star. 

So, today, the magi stand as our models of inspiration when we hear the word of God or are led by his inspiration. We owe God our sincere, positive and immediate response.


Therefore, the magi exhibited the qualities of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who immediately responded to the message of the angel.


Therefore, they teach us to respond immediately to divine inspiration, and God’s word without doubting. 

What God always needs from us is a positive response to Him. This is a great lesson to learn today from the epiphany of the Lord.



3. Through the guidance of the star, God reveals His only begotten Son to all nations. Therefore, God uses what the world is conversant with to lead them to the most important person in all the history of the world, Jesus Christ.

Therefore, God wants everyone to know about Jesus. The wise men were led by this star to Bethlehem. Remember that these wise men are not Jews, but God involves them first.  


God uses what they are conversant with that is the star to lead them to Jesus. Therefore, God is using them to reveal to the world, the true light of the world, the saviour of the world. Therefore, God is involving others to tell the world where their salvation is. This is a way God announces to the world the source of her salvation.




The Jerusalem Journey.



To find the newborn king, the wise men came to Jerusalem”. They came to Jerusalem because Jerusalem is the capital city and the capital city is the logical place to look for a king. But the star led them to an unknown and belittled city, in the least of all the tribes, the city of Bethlehem.



Remember the story of King David. David served as a shepherd, which is a lowly occupation. When Samuel asked Jesse, David’s father, to bring his sons so that Samuel might determine which one God had chosen to be king, Jesse did not even think to include David, his youngest.


It was only when Samuel had disqualified the other sons that Jesse sent for David. Still later, David became Israel’s greatest king.

This indicates that sometimes God’s thinking is not human. The way we think that something is going to happen may not be how it will happen. Also, the people we think are not good enough for something may be the people who can do the job very well.


Also where we think we may not succeed because we think there is nothing there may be the place God has reserved for us to succeed.


Let us not conclude on the future of anyone yet and let us not conclude on what may happen in the future. Also, let us not underrate anyone. Only God knows better. 


It also indicates that Humble beginnings sometimes have a great end! Now it is this humble town that gives Israel its Messiah. It means that God can locate you wherever you are and may use the things or the people we see as little or nothing to bless us after.



Our thoughts are not the same as God. God can locate you anywhere you are. Sometimes where we think our blessings are or where we think we can make it, where we think our help will come from may not be necessarily true.


Sometimes that thing, that work, and place we underrate may be where God is preparing to bless us. God has a way of doing His own thing. What may be little or underrated in our eyes may not be the same for God.



The Herod’s Way.


This event happened in the days of Herod the Great. Herod the Great was a truly great king. He built the Temple but was genuinely paranoid, murdering rivals, real or imagined. “He murdered his wife, Mariamne, and massacred the Innocents (Matthew 2:16-18).


After hearing from the wise men about the newborn king, Herod asked them to report back that He may also go and worship him, hiding his true intention, but despite that, God knows everything even the hidden things in our hearts.



This type of life, I call the Herod’s way which is glaring in our own time. There are so many Herods around us who pretend to be good but evil at heart. They will laugh with you but truly they are not, they will pretend to help but truly they are not.



Despite all these, God is still God. He knows everything we have been harbouring in our hearts. Let us always depend on God who knows the deepest thoughts of men. It is only God that can expose such Herods as He exposed the intentions of the Herod in the time of Jesus.




Eager to Worship.


When the wise men saw the star, they travelled from the east not just to see, nor to snap pictures but to pay Him Homage and as well bear witness to the identity of the New Born child.


Remember that some scholars see them as kings. But their intention was not to identify with the child as their fellow king.


Their intention was made known when they met Herod and told him of their intention to go and worship the newborn king. This is a sign of humility.



How many of us who are wealthy and rich can possess such humility to go before God these days just to worship?


How many times has God done things beyond our marvels yet we do not have time for Him? These wise men travelled from a far distance just to worship a child.



Many of us see ourselves as even superior to God Himself. How many of us have our churches even just a stone throw to their residence but are unwilling to join in giving glory to God who gives them life every day. Can we imitate these wise men?


The wise men made effort to seek and find the newborn king, what effort do we make to find Jesus again in our lives. If we seek Him, we will find Him.



How eager are we to worship Him? The Magi fell prostrate before the Child. They laid their lives down before Him in complete surrender and adoration. They set a perfect example for us. 


If these astrologers from a foreign land could come and adore Christ in such a profound way, we must do the same. Let us adore Him with a complete surrender of our life.


The Gifts


Lastly, the Magi bring gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” The gifts seem odd for a baby. We expect baby clothes and toys.


As we are celebrating the epiphany of the Lord, every event that happens today is pointing to the identity of Jesus. Therefore the gifts; Gold, frankincense, and myrrh, however, is revealing the identity of Jesus and his future.



Gold is a gift fit for a king. Frankincense is used in temple worship (Exodus 30:34), a gift fit for a priest.


The high priest uses myrrh as an anointing oil (Exodus 30:23). It is also used to prepare bodies for burial, and Nicodemus will bring a mixture of aloe and myrrh to prepare Jesus’ body for burial (John 19:39-40).


Thus, their adoration is grounded in the truths of who this Child is.


Therefore, in today’s epiphany of the Lord, God reveals Jesus as the King of Kings and the Eternal Priest.


He is a King and thereby supreme over all things and all conditions. Jesus is also a priest, a mediator between us and God. He is one anointed by God, a fulfilment of the words spoken by the prophets, who is to save us through His death and suffering.








1. There are so many other lessons to be derived from these manifestations, but the pointer remains that God used the star as an ordinary event to point the magi to Jesus.

God also uses many ordinary events to point us continually to Jesus. The wise men responded to this revelation and made effort to find the messiah, a lesson for all to make concrete efforts to respond to God and make ourselves available to Jesus and with whatever we have, and whoever we are.



2. God used the gentiles to tell the world about His Son, and not the Jews, not even those living around Jerusalem and indication that God does not look at your background, He can use anyone. Our response makes the difference.


3. Epiphany of the Lord is the manifestation or revelation of Jesus as the King/ saviour of the world. His birth is not only for the Jews but for all nations. Therefore the epiphany of the Lord reminds us that God loves us.


In this love, He communicates with us in many ways through His word, inspirations, external events, through some people, different encounters, through His word etc. It is now left for us to decipher God’s message and respond to it with faith, perseverance, availability and openness to the message. We have to show sincere desire like the magi did today.


4. When the Magi saw the child with His Mother Mary, they opened their treasures and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These wise men gave from their treasures. 

Therefore, we should ask ourselves what treasures can we lay at the feet of Jesus, what can we offer Jesus? What gift can we give to Jesus? God has given us His beloved son, what can we give back to Him in response to His generosity?

Therefore, since we are celebrating the epiphany of the Lord; God’s revelation of Jesus to the world, the gift we can give to God, is to make ourselves His instruments for this.


We have to be heralds of the gospel, become living witnesses of the Lord and proclaim the gospel message to the world.


We have to bring peace where there is no peace, encourage the suffering and save the lost. When people encounter us, they have to encounter Jesus.


We have to give Jesus our treasures, give Him our entire being and be willing to work for Him. Therefore, the epiphany of the Lord continues through us to the world.


5. Finally, just as the star led people to Jesus, we have to be that special star that brings people to repentance. We have to be a star in changing lives and not in destroying them. 

Therefore, we have to be that special star that leads people to God and brings a change in their lives. We have to lead people to God always, we have to be the light in their lives.


In our family, we have to be that special star that creates a positive difference in our families. Let us also be that special star that creates something positive in the lives of people. Let us not be the star that lead people away from God.

Therefore, let us remain steadfast in the faith, and be willing to touch lives.



6. The Magi through this epiphany, show us what it means to be a christian. The magi are very generous. In essence, they teach us what it means to be charitable. They teach us what it means to offer ourselves to God.


They offered Jesus the most expensive gift. Therefore, these men teach us that God is worthy to be given our best. God deserves the best. Their action today shows that they are truly dedicated.


They travelled many distance to meet Jesus, they risked their lives in the hands of Herod by not obeying his order. They were obedient to the voice of God who warned them in the dream not to go back to Herod, and they are also highly charitable. These summarize everything about the Christian life. Let us learn these values from these men.



May God bless you beloved as we continually meditate on this mystery of our redemption. Amen. Happy Sunday.



  1. Amarawuchi Benedict kosiso says

    One of the greatest messages I’ve got this year. It is a fully prepared spiritual meal. I say a million thanks to Fr. Sanctus Mario. We pray for you. Remain blessed!

    1. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

      Amen thanks Padre for constantly feeding us with the word of God.
      God bless you 🙏

    2. Chinedu says

      Amen. May God grant us the spirit of discernment and humility.
      Happy Sunday. Happy new year Fr

  2. Jane says

    Good evening Fr, thanks for these words of wisdom. It was quite a food for thought. It dives well into what real Christianity is all about. But looking at our society today, I wonder if it will be possible to find even one person that can live up to these standards set out by the wise men. Also please I saw psyhic advert on your page? Thought it’s against the Catholic faith? Pardon me if am wrong

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      I will check them, and filter the adverts

      1. Jane says


  3. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn. Happy New Year Padre

    1. NJIDEKA AGUOME says

      Breakfast with word: Epiphany Sunday :
      The word of God shows us the manifestation of God in His son that was born. The three wise men visited him and worshipped him as the Responsorial Psalm exposed us to God’s word : that the kings and rulers will bow before him. This makes him the King of kings and Lord of Lords. The visit of the Magi also proves to us that Jesus came for everyone of us irrespective of race, social status, origin etc. The salvation he gives is for everyone. Let us humbly go to him and ask and we shall receive, seek and we shall find, knock and the door will be opened to us.

  4. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says

    Lord help me by your grace to love and serve you as I ought in Jesus name. Amen
    Thanks so much Padre for this message. God bless you

  5. Chisom Egwudike says


  6. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    I must say that am being melted by these words this morning.. God bless you padre as u continue to strengthen us spiritually

    1. Carmela U. Ekwem says

      Amen! & Amen! Many thanks Fr & God bless you for the msg of today which is quite extensive & comprehensive, thereby revealing so many things about the Epiphany of the Lord to us. Thank you Padre for Always being a guide to us.

  7. Okoludo Ngozi says

    I thank Fr for the beautiful message sent to us. It thought us to response positive to God’s work, to be humble no matter our level in the society and informed that we still have Herod around us. That we should always thank God for His goodness to us . I really enjoy reading. May God bless us Amen

  8. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection. May the Lord continue to grant us the grace to seek Him truly in everything we do. Amen

  9. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, Lord Jesus, always guide n direct every of my steps, protect me from every Herod in my life and may nothing or no one shorten my destiny and life through Christ our Lord. Amen

  10. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God please show me the star that you are using to call the poor me Onuoha Adeline Chidimma. God I depend in your direction and guidance.

  11. Anyiam Cornelia says

    May the Lord help me to lead people to His presence through my daily life, words and action, may He make me humble before Him and every person I come in contact with, also may I always give thanks to Him in all things, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


    “Looking out for the signs around us “, “listening to God “, “Giving God our best and also appreciating him”, “whatever situation or position we find ourselves, humility is a virtue”.. these are what I learnt today.
    Thank you fr.

  13. Osieke Nnenne says

    What a wonderful message!!. I’m so much blessed through this message. I have really learnt wonderful things. Thank you Father Santus Mario. More grace to you sir.

  14. Munachimso onuoha says


  15. Helen says

    Dear Lord, please help us to always be open and ready to do your will. Thank you Padre, more grace🙏🙌

  16. AJOKO LOVETH says

    Amen, same to you father,


    Amen and amen Padre

  18. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Lord help us realise and utilise the various ways you manifest yourself in our lives, especially when it seems ordinary. Amen

  19. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen. Happy Sunday to you fr 🙏.

  20. Michael Jones says

    Thank you fr Sanctus for this wonderful message. May God continue to strength you.Amen

  21. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen and amen. More grace padre

  22. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen and amen. More grace padre.

  23. Blessing Anne says

    Great food for the soul

    Thank you Padre for being that special star that draw us close to God

  24. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen! Lord please make me an instrument in the dispersal of your word.
    Thank you Padré

  25. Ibeawuchi Monica says


  26. Mary-ann Obiorah says

    Thank you father…. God bless you

  27. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    O Lord let my star be a sign that leads people to you. Amen

  28. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    God let Your light shine on us, May Your star lead us always to You and help us to always appreciate Your presence in our lives.Amen

  29. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen. Inspiring and powerful words of God. oh Lord,I can’t do this on my own accord.i need your help and your grace in this year 2022 to do your will.
    Please help me Lord
    Thank you Father for this inspiring words.May God continue to bless you. Amen



  31. Esther says

    God bless you fr. for these inspirational words

  32. Helen Ekeagwu says

    May God always manifest Himself in my life and may the star that lead the wise men to Christ also lead me to Christ Jesus . Amen

  33. Helen Ekeagwu says

    May God always manifest Himself in my life and may the star that lead the wise men to Christ also lead me to Christ Jesus . Amen

  34. ANGELA MADU says

    Thank you padre
    Same to you


    May God almighty continue to strengthen us to know deeply the meaning and mediation on the epiphany on our lord..I really mediate on my wrong doing and ask God for mercy..I say thank u Father.

  36. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, in this Epiphany celebration Jesus shows us that he came for everyone irrespective of where you are coming from.

    Lord help us to be your true ambassador

  37. Precious says

    I submit myself to you oh Lord, make me a star for others to follow. Amen

  38. Modesta says

    We pray for spirit of dscernment to know and understand the good and avoid the evil.

  39. Eze Ezinne promise says


  40. Chinwe Agwoile says

    Amen ooo! I pray for God to prepare me , tro’ this Novena, to be a shining star that will draw people to Him tro’ my word of mouth and my conduct. I also pray that God will use me to restore the long-lost peace between me and my husband as well as in my husband’s family, IJMN! Thanks a bunch, Padre mia! Udo Kristi diri gi!

  41. Paxk says

    Lord pls help me to identify your star 🌟 and follow it, just as the magi. Help me also to offer you myself as a gift. Amen 🙏

  42. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen. God has done it all in our lives, may we be able to sustain the tempo that will make our works acceptable on the last day.

  43. Constance Ugwuanyi says

    Thanks so much Fr. for the breaking the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus in such a way that it is simple and understandable. God help meditate and use this teaching every day of my life. Amen.

  44. Eririogu FideliAa says

    Amen. Thanks father

  45. Uche Okey says

    May God help us to lead people to him and be the light in their lives. Amen
    Thanks padre

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