The Magi were guided through the illumination of knowledge and faith to the Christ Child. We, too, can be guided through the challenges of life when we we use our minds to the best of our ability and get down on our knees to pray for wisdom.
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The wedding at Cana in Galilee offers a glimpse at the relationship between Mary and Jesus…helping us to understand that when we allow the Lord to work in our lives we discover that what he wants is nothing less than the best.
John the Baptist proclaims that “one mightier than I is coming” into the world. As we encounter the mystery of God we have the opportunity to let go of our need to control and receive the blessing of heavenly grace.
The first reading invites us to love one another in deed and in truth, putting our faith into practice as we recognize the needs of those around us and respond with the compassion of Jesus Christ.
“What are you looking for?” Jesus asks the two disciples, and his question continues to speak to our hearts today. As we draw near to the Lord we have the opportunity to seek our hearts’ desire from the one who knows us best.
John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the one who takes away our sins. As we renew our faith each day, may we seek Jesus above all else and commit our lives to his saving grace.
Study: Recall a moment when you were guided to make a good decision. Who helped you?
Pray: Is there a tough decision in your life? Pray for God’s light to shine upon you.
Serve: How can you help another find the Lord’s light for their lives?
There are several wonderful points for reflection in this well known gospel reading:
- The Magi who come from the East
- A star that guides them
- The perplexity of King Herod and all Jerusalem
- The fulfillment of the prophecy of Micah (“And you Bethlehem…”)
- The plot of King Herod
- The gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh
- The warning of the Magi in a dream not to return to Herod
The word epiphany means “to shine upon” and it is the illumination of this story – by starlight, prophecy, gifts, and foreign wisdom – that help us see how God works in our world.
The birth of Christ brings light by which people begin to see the Lord. We are no longer in darkness! What’s more, this light is available to all peoples…for the prophecy of Micah in the Jewish tradition and the study of the stars guide the Magi to Jesus.
This light continues to shine in our world today. God’s grace casts out darkness and brings light to guide us as we seek to follow the Lord through the cares and worries of daily life. May we seek out the Lord’s light for our lives, and help others to be directed in faith to find Jesus Christ.