“We saw His star at its rising and have come to do him Homage”
This weekend we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. A time when the three magi or kings traveled from distant lands following a star. What they find is an infant in a manger whom they instinctually know is the King of Kings. They are struck with awe and wonder as they gaze at Jesus: heaven on earth, man in God, God in man. One whom the world could never contain or comprehend in a tiny baby’s body, so small. They never questioned His greatness, as they presented their gifts; incense for God, gold for a king and myrrh for one who is to die. We may ask ourselves; how did they know?They followed a star.
St. Leo the Great once said: “The obedience of the star calls us to imitate its humble service: to be servants as best we can, of the grace that invites all men to find Christ.” To be a light in the darkness. How do we do this? Bring awe and wonder back to our faith in Jesus! Start right now by looking up at the tabernacle which houses the Lamb of God who came into the world to save us. Luke’s Gospel this week for the Solemnity of Mary the mother of God, spoke of Mary’s response after hearing the shepherds made known the message that had been told them about this child. And ‘Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.’ When we reflect, like Mary, on the awesome and wonderful gift of Jesus in our hearts, we believe, and like the kings are led home by another way!
“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17
Happy New Year!