January 7, 2011.
In celebration of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica, Benedict XVI explained the meaning of this holiday, when the Three Wisemen came to adore the Baby Jesus.Throughout the trip they were guided to Bethlehem by a star. The Pope said they were “learned men seeking the signature of God in Creation.” Benedict XVI“The universe is not the result of chaos, as some would have us believe. Contemplating this invites us to see something deeper: The wisdom of the Creator, the inexhaustible imagination of God, his infinite love for us.”
Benedict XVI said that God manifests with different criteria than men and that to understand it's necessary to use faith and reason. Benedict XVI"God does not show Himself among the powerful of this world, but in the humility of His love, the love which asks us to welcome it in our freedom, in order to transform us and enable us to reach the One Who is Love."
The Pope encouraged the pursuit of the Word of God, just as the Three Wisemen followed the star to reach Bethlehem.Benedict XVI“Let us allow ourselves to be guided by the star, which is the Word of God, let us follow it in our lives, walking with the Church where the Word has pitched its tent. Our path will always be illuminated by a light which no other sign can give us. And we too will be able to act as stars for other people, a reflection of that light which Christ caused to shine upon us."
After the Mass, the Pope prayed the Angelus from the window of his residence. There he encouraged us to follow the example set by the Virgin Mary.Benedict XVI“St. Bernard tells us: look at the star, you who seek the truth and peace, turn your gaze to Mary and she will teach you about Jesus, light of men and all people.”
Also in attendance at the Angelus in St. Peter's Square were some characters of the medieval court who dressed for the occasion.