January 2, 2020
Some people are star gazers, those who know the celestial patterns. Such were the Magi. That star gazing led them to Bethlehem, and to the child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger. The star told them that here was born the King of the Jews. This great feast allows us to also be star gazers, and to come to the Christ Child, bearing the gift of ourselves, not gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Epiphany celebrates that the coming of the Lord Jesus is for all people, beginning with the adoration of Him by these three pagans. This is a challenge to many, throughout history, because it calls us to see the universality of the coming of Jesus, going beyond the chosen people. Our lives should reflect that we have found and followed the star we were looking for – Jesus Christ. He is the light of our life, and that light is to shine in and through us to bring that love and truth of God to others, enlightening them to become a star gazer and find the Lord Jesus for themselves, not only in the manger in Bethlehem, but in His life and ministry, preparing us for the light He bring us through His suffering, death and resurrection.