Christ, the Light of the World
Today's gospel relates the story of the Three Kings. Actually, the word used in Matthew 2:1 ("Magi") referred to Persian priest-astrologers who saw the divine will written in the stars of the night skies. Through their studies, they believed someone great was born. So, they searched for someone new, someone who would enlighten a dark world. Matthew used the story of the traveling stargazers to present a theme. Even the infant Jesus was a light to all people, just not his own.
Before you put away all the Christmas ornaments, keep a white Christmas candle central to a gathering area (centerpiece of the dining table would be perfect). Light the candle and read Matthew 2:1-12. Remind your family that Jesus brings the light to the world, just like a candle brings light to a dark room.