DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 2:1-12
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their a audience with the king they set out. 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. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
What can we learn from the magi from the east? Those who are sincere of heart find God in their life. In the case of the Magi, their sincerity is shown by what they are willing to sacrifice to attain their goal.
They left the comforts of their homeland behind, the needs of their family members, and the pursuit of wealth. Their intention was pure, not focused on self-centered wants, for it was nothing less than the desire to encounter God’s living presence in Jesus Christ. Their openness of heart permitted God to speak through many things in their world, from astrology to Herod, from the star to the Child in the crib. The magi opened their treasures and gave it all to Jesus.
What will it take for us to find God today? We must put aside all but him and let his hand lead us to that definitive encounter with his divine presence.
Let’s follow the magi in trusting their lives to Jesus Christ. What can we do? Be it at Mass, in prayer, or in the workings of divine providence, or even in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist every day a necessary epiphany awaits us.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ , thank you for your perfect gift of yourself: coming as a humble child born of Mary. May we give ourselves as you give yourself to us: at Mass, in prayer, in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist and in souls you call us to serve, now and forever. Amen.