Mary was visited by an angel and was asked if she would be the Mother of God. She humbly said yes and although she was uncertain and afraid she had faith in God. Together Joseph and Mary prepared a place for Him in their family. Humble shepherds were the first notified by an angel when Jesus was born. They went in faith to the grotto and departed glorifying God. Kings came from afar, following a star, on faith that what was written in scripture had come true. These learned and wealthy kings entered the house, “they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage”(Matthew 2:11).
Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the three kings, Anna, Simeon, and many others came in faith to see the baby Jesus because they knew that it was God who had come to live among us, “who, though he was in the form of God…emptied himself…coming in human likeness” (Philippians 2: 7). The theme of humility and faith in the Christmas narrative came to me while praying the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. The feast of Epiphany is an “ah-ha”moment for us. A reminder of what we just celebrated two weeks ago. It is our leap of understanding to a greater sense of humility for what God has done for us by sending Jesus and deepens our faith, like Mary, to follow Him assured that He will take care of us.