(The following homily was delivered Saturday, Jan. 5)
As we celebrate Epiphany Sunday, we find Herod threatened by the newborn Christ. Herod’s whole identity was wrapped around his titles, his possessions, and his position in society. Herod allowed these things to define who he was, the basis for his self-worth. Herod therefore saw Jesus as a threat to his very being. Yet Herod’s singular focus on his titles, possessions, and position was in fact his greatest threat. Jesus offered Herod and everyone else a life of peace and meaning.