Philip’s invitation to Nathaniel in the Gospel today to “come and see” serves as a powerful reminder for the Church today. Not only are we directed to invite others to join us in faith, but we are also charged to live the faith with vibrant conviction.
An encounter with the Lord empowers two disciples of John the Baptist to go out and invite other people to meet Jesus. As we draw closer to Christ may we eagerly reach out to those around us with the joy of the Good News.
John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the “Lamb of God.” These words proclaim the sacrifice of Christ’s life for our salvation; by his blood on the Cross he will redeem our souls from sin and death.
The Magi were guided by a star to Jerusalem. They were led by its light, and along the way inquired among the people where they might find the king and were thus directed to Bethlehem. I am struck by the two complementary components that were necessary for their journey: Light & Sight.
Light: the star that blazed in the sky for all to see
Sight: the effort of the Magi to use the Light to find their way.
Without light, sight is impossible. Without sight, the light is wasted. Many people saw the light of the star, but the Magi acted on it – seeking through a long journey to find the King of Kings.
God’s light continues to shine in our world today. Do we open our eyes and see with the gift of faith the wonders that the Lord sets before us? Make no mistake: we believe that Christ is present in the Eucharist, the Scriptures, and our fellowship “where two or three are gathered” in his name.
We are invited to follow the example of the Magi and seek the Lord in our lives – using our senses and resources to respond to the blessings we have have received. May we use our Sight to follow the Light!
The Holy Family faced the blessings and burdens of life with Christ in their lives. Jesus is present in our hearts, our homes…and our families. May we do all that we can to build up the relationships we have within our families, in preparation for when God unites us with our family in Heaven.