Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12
“Epiphany” means “manifestation” or “revelation.” When we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, we do not just celebrate man’s search for God, but God’s revelation of himself to man, to each one of us. We seek the Lord — and we can find Him — because He came to us as man in the joyfulness of Christmas. We will make very little progress in our search for the Lord, however, if we limit it to what we discover “on our own.”
We need to ask ourselves: Are we like the Magi, the Wise Men, who sought Him by leaving their comfort zones, their old ways of life, their personal ‘kingdoms, to step out in faith to seek and find the Lord?
Or, are we like Herod, who seeks not to welcome the Christ Child, but to protect his personal kingdom, his comfort zone, enmeshed in a web of doubt, of fear, selfishness and deceit?
The Magi teach us that, in order to find God, we need the right attitudes, the right dispositions: humility, perseverance, courage, and faith. Theirs is a journey of faith, keeping their eyes fixed on the star above, and not on the rocky desert over which they traveled. They did not allow themselves to be distracted from their journey.
Do we recognize Jesus when we see Him? The Magi did not see Him as a king: He looked like a tiny baby, clothed in poverty. Yet they honored Him as their King, offering Him precious gifts. How willing are we to honor the Lord with our precious possessions, our time, our creativity, our fertility, our future, our sufferings, our very lives?
Here are some guide questions for reflection and sharing, in addition to the reflective questions asked in the above text:
— What has been your journey in searching for the Lord, in your journey to epiphany?
— What earthly endeavors distract you from seeking, finding, and following Christ?
Adapted from the liturgical meditation on January 5, 2014, Pondering the Word, The Anawim Way.