Vatican City, Jan 6, 2019 / 05:47 am
To be clothed in the divine light of Christ, follow the example of the three magi, who put aside worldly power and success and rose to follow the star to Jesus, Pope Francis encouraged Sunday at Mass for Epiphany.
"We need to arise, to get up from our sedentary lives and prepare for a journey," he said Jan. 6. "We also need to shine, to be clothed in God who is light, day by day, until we are fully clothed in Jesus."
"Yet to be clothed in God, who like the light is simple, we must first put aside our pretentious robes," he continued. "Otherwise, we will be like Herod, who preferred the earthly lights of success and power to the divine light."
"The Magi, instead, fulfil the prophecy. They arise and shine and are clothed in light. They alone see the star in the heavens: not the scribes, nor Herod, nor any of the inhabitants of Jerusalem."