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Originally delivered on January 5, 1992

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

In today’s Gospel we hear of the three foreigners coming to welcome the baby Jesus.  We too are called to welcome the foreigners, refugees, or aliens in our lives.  We also hear of Herod’s attempt to thwart God’s plan.  May we each hear this week’s Gospel and look at how we, like Herod, might be acting to thwart God’s plan here on earth. We are challenged, as Christians, to welcome all as our sisters and brothers by raising our voices in protest when some are excluded.