The Profession of Faith
To become a child in relation to God is the condition for
entering the kingdom.
For this, we must humble ourselves and
become little. Even more: to become “children of God” we must be
“born from above” or “born of God.”
Only when Christ is
formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us.
Christmas is the mystery of this “marvelous exchange”:
O marvelous exchange! Man’s Creator has become man,
born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers in the divin-
ity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.
The mysteries of Jesus’ infancy
on the eighth day after his birth,
the sign of his incorporation into Abraham’s descendants, into the
people of the covenant. It is the sign of his submission to the Law
and his deputation to Israel’s worship, in which he will participate
throughout his life. This sign prefigures that “circumcision of
Christ” which is Baptism.
is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of
Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of
Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (
from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the
wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.
In the magi, representatives of
the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of
the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the
Incarnation. The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay hom-
age to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the
messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the
Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and
worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning
toward the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise
as contained in the Old Testament.
The Epiphany shows that
“the full number of the nations” now takes its “place in the family
3:7; 1:13; 1:12; cf.
Antiphon I of Evening Prayer for January 1st.
Epiphany, Evening Prayer II, Antiphon at the Canticle of