Tuesday, January 06, 2009
At Epiphany: Distinguishing a Silent Sign from a Spoken Prophecy
"We must ask what it means that when our Redeemer was born, an angel appeared to the shepherds in Judea, but a star and not an angel guided the Magi from the East to worship him. This was the reason: it was a reasoning being, an angel, who preached to the Jews as persons capable of using their reason. But a sign and not a voice guided the Gentiles, who were not prepared to make full use of reason to know the Lord."
St. Gregory the Great, Forty Gospel Homilies, 10.1