Reflection on the Nativity Gospels #8

‘Out of Egypt I have called my Son’ Reflections on the Nativity Gospels (8) Matt. 2:13-23 The infant Jesus faced a devious and savage enemy in King Herod of Judea, who plotted to slay the child as a perceived rival. This vicious tyrant thus brought about the massacre...

Reflection on the Nativity Gospels #7

‘They rejoiced with exceedingly great joy’ Reflections on the Nativity Gospels (7) Matt. 2:1-12 The Magi, or Wise Men, have always been a blessed part of the Christmas season, as well as enjoying a prominent role in Western religious art. Did Matthew perhaps have an...

Reflection on the Nativity Gospels #6

‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah…’ Reflections on the Nativity Gospels (6) Matthew 2:1-12 ‘A light for revelation to the Gentiles.’ So the elder Symeon called the baby Jesus as he held in infant in his arms (Lk 2:32). The clearest symbol of this enlightenment...

Reflection on the Nativity Gospels #5

‘We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him’ Reflections on the Nativity Gospels (5) Matt. 2:1-12 When the ‘fullness of the time had come,’ St. Paul tells us, God sent forth His Son (Gal. 4:4). The most impressive manifestation of Christ’s...