First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
In today’s gospel we read: “And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.”
This Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord is filled with images of light. The amazing star acted like a GPS for the three Magi, leading them to the baby Jesus. Surely, the Magi must have had to endure many sacrifices, inconveniences and dangers throughout their journey. They were guided by the light of the star, to find the Light of Christ. While on one hand, it seemed their journey ended…it really only began…now finding the Light of Christ and receiving Him, they returned to their homelands to bring the Light of Christ to others.
Perhaps we might think, wouldn’t it be great to be guided by the light of a star leading us throughout our life to Jesus Christ, like the Magi? Better yet, we are divinely guided. We received the Light of Christ at Baptism, and were given the mission to bring Christ to others…just like the Magi did… In fact, at the Baptism of a child, a candle is given to the parents / godparents with the words from the celebrant: “Receive the light of Christ.” The parents receive the candle on behalf of their child. But, it also serves as a reminder to all the Baptized present there.
Each time we receive the Holy Eucharist…every time we go to Confession, we receive the grace to live a life in Christ. This grace enables us to be the light of Christ to our family, to our community, in our workplace or in school…everywhere we are…
Just like the Magi were transformed by their encounter with Jesus Christ, we too should be transformed with each encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist, in His Mercy, in His Word and especially in those in need around us. This transformation is a life-long process.
While we can’t see a star guiding our path through life…we have the Mother of God, Mary, who always leads us closer to Jesus. St. Louis de Montfort told us that the “shortest and fastest way to Jesus is through Mary.”
May your new year be blessed!