January 6 – Sunday
The Epiphany of the Lord
Gospel: MT 2:1-12
Reflection: (Rome) – from the homily of Pope Francis.
The Magi looked upward at the sky, took risks and set out bearing gifts for Christ.
If we want to find Jesus, “We need to take risks simply to meet a Child. In finding that Child, in discovering his tenderness and love, we rediscover ourselves.
The Three Wise Men, also traditionally called the Magi, were the only ones who saw the star leading the way to the manger, because they were among the few people who raised their eyes to the heavens.
“We often make do with looking at the ground: it’s enough to have our health, a little money and a bit of entertainment,” Francis added. “I wonder if we still know how to look up at the sky. Do we know how to dream, to long for God, to expect the newness he brings, or do we let ourselves be swept along by life, like dry branches before the wind?”
Jesus’ star does not dazzle or overwhelm, but gently invites, so beware of the “meteors” and “shooting stars” that promise success, wealth and fortune only to quickly fade away and “mislead rather than lead.”
The Lord’s star, while not shining as bright as others, is a reliable and constant light that “takes you by the hand in life and accompanies you” to peace and joy as it did with the Magi.
Prayer: (all together)
Lord Jesus, we ask you to help us see the gifts that you have given us and rediscover in ourselves the joy of giving. Let your star be our guiding light as we journey in this life. Amen