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In 2012, St. Matthew's joined with the parishes of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. John Vianney, and St. Michael to create a new pre-K through 8th grade school. Community of Saints Regional Catholic School is located in West St. Paul at 335 Hurley Avenue East. Read more...
Weekly pastoral messages from Fr. Bob Kelly, OP, are found in our parish bulletin.
published in 1/8/2017 bulletin
Today we are celebrating The Epiphany of the Lord. “Epiphany” is a Greek word which means "manifestation," "appearance," or "revelation" of a divine person. In the Greek translation of the Jewish scriptures “epiphany” was used to describe the times that Yahweh appeared to the Chosen People. Consequently, it is easy to understand how the word “epiphany” was applied to Jesus as he was manifested to the magi. The observance of Epiphany as a feast day started in the Eastern Church and at first it focused on two events in Jesus' life—his baptism and his changing the water into wine at Cana of Galilee. At both these events Jesus was recognized as a divine person.
When the observance of Epiphany spread to the Western Church, it became associated with a number of different stories. For example, there is story about how the star of Bethlehem was the first sign to reveal Jesus Christ as the Son of God. When its job of guidance was finished, it fell into a well at Bethlehem. It is still there today and can only be seen by those whose hearts are simple and pure.
Other stories from the Eastern Church talk about twelve wise men. But through the centuries the story of Epiphany has become universal and we have settled on the idea of only three wise men because there were only three gifts that were given to the baby Jesus-gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (I wonder if there were more than three wise men but only three showed up with gifts or if there were less than three wise men and one who brought more than one gift.)
According to legend, the first wise man was Melchior. Melchior was the oldest and the smartest of the wise men with a long flowing white beard and hair. The name Melchior comes from the Latin language and it means "king". It was Melchior who brought the gift of gold to the Christ child. Gold is the king of metals so to give gold to Jesus was to say, "You are a king!"
Second there was Balthazar. Balthazar was a middle age man whose beard was short and dark. The name, Balthazar, comes from the Arabian language and it means "protector". It was Balthazar who brought the gift of myrrh to the child Jesus. Myrrh is resin that comes from a tree in Arabia and it used to protect people's bodies after they die. Everyone dies so to give Jesus myrrh when he was just a baby was to say, "You going to die for a special reason!"
Third there was Gaspar. Gaspar was a young man who wasn't old enough to grow a beard. The name Gaspar comes from the Persian language and it means "treasure holder". It was Gaspar who brought the treasure of frankincense to the child Jesus. Frankincense is used by priests when people pray to God. The name priest comes from the Latin word "pontifex" which means bridge-builder. So to give frankincense to Jesus was to say that he was a bridge-builder between God and us.
Through the story of the magi, three diverse and incomparable people, we are told that a messiah, who is different and more surprising than anyone expected, has come to save all people. How through our life story is the messiah made known?
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Saturday at 4:00pm
Sunday at 10am (beginning December 4, 2016)
Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:00am (if there is a funeral on these days, there will only be a Word-Communion service).
Thursday at 9:30 am at Community of Saints School in West St. Paul (St. Michael's campus, 335 Hurley Street E., West St. Paul, MN 55118)
Saturday @ 3:00 pm
Location: St. Matthew’s Church, 507 Hall Ave., St. Paul, MN.
Oil painting on linen (8 to 10 feet wide, 7 feet high).
Completed September 1986.
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