Discussion Questions

First Reading
Isaiah 60:1-6

1. Even though darkness covered the earth, This reading says, light and glory will come to Jerusalem’s people. How can this seeming contradiction take place? Do you notice God’s unexpected actions/epiphanies in your own life?

2. Do believers have a light to depend upon? Are nations coming to that light? To the Christ-light? What do you think draws people to the Church today? What is it about Pope Francis that draws people?

Second Reading
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6

1. Paul says, “Brothers and sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit. …” What gifts have you been given for the benefit of others? Do you use them regularly? Sometimes?

2. When did people first learn that God wanted to save all creation and not just the chosen ones? Do you think God planned to reveal his grace to people little by little through history? How does God work in your life?

Gospel
Matthew 2:1-12

1. In response to God’s message, the Magi rode camels across half the known world. Is there anything that would cause you to put forth effort like that? What made their search worth it for them?

2. In his Epiphany homily, Pope Francis reflects on the star that led the wise men along the way, and that allowed them to enter into the mystery. What is that mystery?

What is the mystery in which God is hidden? Where can I find him? All around us we see wars, the exploitation of children, torture, trafficking in arms, trafficking in persons. … In all these realities, in these, the least of our brothers and sisters who are enduring these difficult situations, there is Jesus (cf. Mt 25:40, 45). The crib points us to a different path from the one cherished by the thinking of this world: it is the path of God’s self-abasement, his glory concealed in the manger of Bethlehem, on the cross upon Calvary, in each of our suffering brothers and sisters.

The wise men entered into the mystery. They passed from human calculations to the mystery: this was their conversion. And our own? Let us ask the Lord to let us undergo that same journey of conversion experienced by the wise men. Let us ask him to protect us and to set us free from the temptations which hide the star. To let us always feel the troubling question: “Where is the star?” whenever—amid the deceptions of this world—we lose sight of it.

Pope Francis, Homily for Epiphany, 
January 6, 2015

Anne Osdieck

 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson