Study: When did you experience a moment of profound insight that led you to action?
Pray: Are there any major decisions or challenges in your life right now? Pray for the light to see your way, and the courage to carry it out!
Serve: Is there someone in your life in need of light? Can you help them understand or give them strength to support their actions?
Think for a moment about all the different ways we respond to light:
* Christmas lights
* Stop and Go lights
* Night lights
* Lantern light
* Key chain & Pocket lights
* Car lights
* and many, many, more!
All these lights surround us and help us navigate our everyday activities. They bring guidance, comfort, joy, understanding, and security to our lives. Indeed, light is a precious gift that brings meaning and purpose to our world.
Yet it is not enough for light to simply shine upon us; light is the beginning – but it evokes and calls forth a response from us.
Look at it this way. A stop-and-go traffic light cannot simply be seen; it must be followed and acted upon (or else you are likely to get rear-ended). Failure to respond to the light leads to difficulty, while those who are guided by the light and act accordingly find their way.
We hear about light in the Gospel today. The Magi observed the light, and they followed and searched until they understood what it meant. The light was the beginning; only through their journey and response did they discover the precious gift of Jesus – the Light of the World.
Many saw the light. It was there in the sky for all to see. Yet only a few responded and recognized that the starlight was a sign from God. Thus, it was not enough just to see; for indeed we celebrate those who both saw and acted upon the light.
It is our belief that God continues to shine upon us today. The Light of Christ burns brightly – in the Scriptures, the Sacraments, moral teachings, our conscience, our prayer, and the comfort and support of family and friends.
Yet even as God is revealed to our world the light alone is not enough. We, too, are invited to act as the Magi and respond to the light. May we open our eyes and our hearts this day, recognizing the Lord and responding to His Light.