Happy Sunday My Friends and Feast Of The Epiphany!
This is one of my favorite feast days. I am simply fascinated by the Magi, these three kings from the Far East who traveled to visit the newborn Jesus by following the Star of Bethlehem. These men were kings who left their kingdoms and traveled, some say for at least nine months, others say for up to two years, because they understood something unprecedented was to occur. They came bearing gifts for a newborn king they understood was greater than themselves. They were Gentiles, pagans, astronomers, uneducated in the ways of the Old Testament, and yet they knew to follow The Star. Could it be they were searching for what was missing in their lives? Was there a void their power, riches, & vast empires could not fill? How were they able to leave their homes, families, kingdoms to go on a journey following a star? Did they go even those others close to them believed they were a little nuts? Perhaps they were simply fascinated with the story they saw unfolding in the heavens. The heavens created by Almighty God.
Like the Samaritan woman at the well and the Roman soldier who came to Jesus to ask healing for his daughter, these three Kings although they were not of Jewish heritage, were given the grace of faith. They were given an inkling in their hearts and souls that made them open to encountering the truth. The inkling grew and became a light, a light to follow and to guide them, a light changing the history of the world as it shone over the manger where the Truth was born, Christ the King. These three foreign kings and the humble shepherds tending sheep near Bethlehem were the chosen to be infused with knowledge, understanding and wisdom through the voices of angels and the light of a star. A knowledge, understanding and wisdom highly educated Jewish Sadducee, Pharisees and philosophers awaiting the Messiah, were not given.
It is quite apparent Our Lord uses people who are unworthy, uneducated, wide-eyed, naive innocents to do miraculous works. One simply needs to be seeking truth. The Magi were seeking. They were, with all their wealth and power, wide eyed innocents looking for someone and something greater than themselves. Searching for the answer to what seemed to be missing in their lives by following the light in the sky that was the Star of Bethlehem. There are many lights one can follow leading one to Jesus. It may be the light in the eye of a friend or it may be a light turning on in our minds when we hear the truth spoken for the first time. The light may be made apparent through the Word of God heard at mass or read at home. The light may appear in the compassionate smile of someone we don’t know and yet somehow know cares. The light may even be made apparent when we hear a lie spoken against truth, the truth we somehow inherently know is Jesus Christ Our Lord.
On this day, I give thanks once again for the Magi, for their faith in following the star that led them to The Holy Family. For the wisdom given to them in not reporting back to Herod as instructed. I thank God for their courage in traveling the distance, the long distance by following the most magnificent light given to them, The Star of Bethlehem. The light which led them to behold the majesty of the babe in the manger, the majesty of the Holy Family, the majesty of Christ the King.
The light in your life may not be as bright as the Bethlehem Star, but it has the power to transform the lives of all those you encounter however it may shine through you. Never be afraid, always step out in faith and become a saint for our Lord as did Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior, the three Kings who adored Christ. For a fascinating documentary proving the existence of the Star of Bethlehem scientifically as well as scripturally, see the video below.
God Bless you my friends,
Love & Prayers,