Sunday Gospel

3 January 2013

Gospel according to Matthew 2: 1-12

Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod. Then, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the King of the Jews that is born For we have seen his star and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him, called together the chief priests and scribes of the country, and asked them where the Messiah was to be born. They replied, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the cities of Judea, for from you shall come a ruler who will be the shepherd my people Israel. ‘”

Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained that the time when the star appeared, and sent them to Bethlehem and said, “ld and search carefully what about the child, and when you find him, report to me, for I too to worship him. “When they had heard the king, they went their way, and behold, the star that they had seen began to guide them until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. They entered the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him after they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream oracle, not to return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

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