Many of you have probably heard the song “The 12
Days of Christmas.” It’s a true classic. But not
everybody is familiar with the real 12 days of
Christmas. In the Church, the Christmas season
actually begins the day after Christmas and ends 12 days
later. Today, on the twelfth day of Christmas, we conclude
this wonderful time of year by celebrating the Feast of
In celebrating the Epiphany of the Lord, we celebrate the
revelation that Jesus was born as the Son of God. Today’s
gospel illustrates this revelation through the story of the
three wise men who traveled to visit Jesus following
They embarked on a journey of faith, following the star of
Bethlehem until they reached the manger where Jesus laid.
They brought gifts that symbolized their revelation of his
divinity: gold, which associated Jesus as a king.
Frankincense, which was often used in worship, and
symbolized the holiness of Jesus. And myrrh, a perfume
used for embalming, which symbolized that Christ would
one day die for our sins.
As we start a new calendar year, it’s a time of rejuvenation
for many of us. A chance for a new beginning. A chance to
discover new things and make our own revelations. As the
wise men in today’s gospel did, you too can continue to
follow your faith throughout this year. The wise men had a
revelation that the Son of God was coming, and they were
not afraid to follow their hearts. Do not be afraid to follow
your heart when you hear God’s call.