and April 17. This date would also seem to fit with the death of Herod the Great, commonlycalculated to have occurred in 4 B.C. Scripturally, the appearance of the star is a fulfillmentof the Gentile prophet Balaam’s announcement of the rising the star from Jacob (Numbers24:17).
The Magi, scrutinizing the skies for divine truth, a lead in spite of the spiritual blindness bythe grace of God to Jerusalem, where, by consulting the Scriptures and Revelationcommitted to Israel, they are able to locate the child they seek. They thus proceed fromnearly natural knowledge to supernatural knowledge, and finally to the face-to-faceencounter with the Messiah whose kingship accept by their obeisance as they enter thehouse of Mary and her Child. In a similar way, the Gentiles, St. Paul points out in the firstchapter of Romans, were led formally by their consciences, but aided by the revelation givento Israel, they have discovered him in the household of God, which is the Catholic Church.3.
References to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
CCC 486 :
The Father's only Son, conceived as a man in the womb of the Virgin Mary, is"Christ," that is to say, anointed by the Holy Spirit, from the beginning of the history of hisexistence, though the manifestation of this fact takes place only progressively: to theshepherds, to the Magi, to John the Baptist, to the disciples. Thus the whole life of JesusChrist will make manifest. "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit andwith power."
CCC 528 :
... The great feast of the fifth and he celebrates Federation Jesus by the wisemen (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in Jordan and the wedding feast at Canain Galilee. In the Magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel seesthe first fruits of the nations, who welcomed the good news of salvation through theIncarnation. The Magi's coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jewsshows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will beking of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him asGod and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them themessianic promise as contained in the Old Testament. ...
In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the Son of the Virgin. She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. Filled with the Holy Spirit,she makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. It is to the poor and to the firstrepresentatives of the Gentiles, that she makes him known.
: The duty of offering God genuine worship concerns man both individually andsocially. .. Christians are called to be the light of the world. Thus the Church shows for thekingship of Christ over all creation and in particular over human societies.4.
St. John Chrysostom,
The Gospel of Matthew, Homily 7.):
The star appeared in theheavens, calling the wise men from on high. They may long pilgrimage to worship the onewho lends one clothes in the manger. The prophets of old had proclaimed his coming.These and all the other events were more than human.