Charity registration No. SC002876   Sunday January 6th. 2013 Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu The story of the Three Wise men Feast of the Epiphany Although Christmas Day is universally recognised in the Christian world, the feast of the Epiphany is a much older observance and is celebrated in the Orthodox Church with great solemnity. The pomp and splendour of this legend has made it a favoured subject for many artists. It is the custom to picture the Magi as  black, white and brown, representing all the peoples of the earth.    It was only after a long search that the wise men encountered Jesus. They were astrologers from the east who were dissatisfied with their old way of life and were searching for something new and a fresh approach to living.    Scanning the sky night after night, the sudden appearance of a bright star on the horizon convinced them that God was announcing to the world the birth of a great leader and they felt drawn to investigate. After waiting, studying and heeding dreams, they set out in faith and trusted enough to leave home and face the dangers and uncertainties of a long journey into the unknown.    We pick up the story where they were on the road westward, searching and following the guidance of the star. Their enquiries in Jerusalem as to the whereabouts of the infant king of the Jews, who had been born in the neighbourhood, caused quite a stir. It proved unsettling to the religious establishment and worrying to King Herod who summoned them into his presence under the guise of wanting to pay homage.    The last thing the Magi expected was the poverty of the Infant King of Bethlehem - no palace with armed guards, no signs of royal splendour. Yet, searching with the eyes of faith, they were sure this was what they were looking for and were able to recognise the infant king where they found him.              Filled with joy, they paid their reverence to the Child and offered their treasures of gold, frankincense and myrrh that they had brought from afar in gratitude for the light of Christ.    The realisation that the treasure they had received was more precious than the gifts they brought changed their lives forever, and they went home different people. Once the Magi received the infant child into their hearts, they could live in his light and die in his peace. The journey of the Magi reflects the spiritual pilgrimage of so many people.  Under the guidance of the star, the Magi set out from the far corners of the earth, travelled over mountains and deserts and discovered Jesus in the most unlikely of places.     For most of us, our pilgrimage towards God is as uncertain and as faltering as the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem. We follow the light which is sometimes bright, but which can flicker and fade when our minds become clouded with doubts and the attractions of the material world.      as we come into his presenc, The glory of God has been revealed in Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World. We should try to see his light in the ordinary activities of our every day life, in the way we speak, work and the manner in which we treat other people. Every part of our lives should reflect the divine light, for we can find Christ  present in every situation.    The Wise Men are reassuring. Not only do they encourage us to continue our quest, they console us that, at journey's end, when we come into his presence, we will be welcomed by Our Lord as we bring him our own gifts, especially love and sacrifice.