Feast of the Epiphany: Both Star and Illumination

Adoration of the Magi © Jan L. Richardson
Adoration of the Magi © Jan L. Richardson

But what was it that induced them to worship? For neither was the Virgin conspicuous, nor the house distinguished, nor was any other of the things which they saw apt to amaze or attract them. Yet they not only worship, but also “open their treasures,” and “offer gifts;” and gifts, not as to a man, but as to God. For the frankincense and the myrrh were a symbol of this. What then was their inducement? That which wrought upon them to set out from home and to come so long a journey; and this was both the star, and the illumination wrought of God in their mind, guiding them by little and little to the more perfect knowledge.– John Chrysostom (c.347-407), homily on Matthew 2:2

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