Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12
I used to be lately invited to bless a renovated home owned by a newlywed couple. They have been anticipating their first little one, a child lady. Their soon-to-be-born daughter dominated our dialogue. Everything – the home decorations, the long run plans of the dad and mom, their selection of furnishings, meals, and beddings, and so on. – was centered on the arrival of their child lady.
Even in our abortion-obsessed instances, many nonetheless acknowledge that the beginning of a brand new little one calls for brand new motion and new priorities within the lifetime of the household. Imagine the brand new motion demanded by the beginning of a child whose solely Father is the everlasting God. Imagine the brand new lifestyle that the beginning of the child Jesus calls for from us who’re God’s youngsters. Surely, it simply can’t be enterprise as common.
The magi allowed the beginning of the child Jesus to alter their lives and transfer them to a brand new motion. They deserted their pagan gods and, although they weren’t Jews, traveled to a international nation to worship this Jewish child, “We noticed his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” The magi present us how the beginning of the child Jesus should impression our lives and transfer us.
Jesus has come searching for us.
The magi search for Jesus and located Him in a manger, “They noticed the kid with Mary His mom.” They discovered Him solely as a result of Jesus has come searching for us first, “The Son of man has come to hunt and to avoid wasting what was misplaced” (Lk 19:10).
Are we additionally searching for Him? Jesus is now out there to us. There are not any gate charges and we don’t should be vaccinated to have an viewers with Him! We can also discover Him wherever and at any time as a result of He has promised us, “Seek and you will discover” (Mt 7:7). There is not any place or scenario by which He is just not current and accessible to us.
Jesus has come to stick with us all the time
The magi got here all this fashion merely to spend time in worship of the child Jesus. They left their enterprise and household for a number of moments of worship of the true God.
Are we additionally staying with Jesus immediately? How a lot time will we commit to private prayer in His presence? Are we even conscious of His presence in our every day life actions? What are we able to sacrifice in order that we will spend high quality time with Jesus? How lengthy and the way continuously will we stick with Him, pondering His phrases?
Jesus has come to provide us items
We know that the magi introduced items to Jesus – gold, frankincense and myrrh. But additionally they obtained the items that Jesus provided to them. They obtained the reward of pleasure, “They have been overjoyed in seeing the star.” They additionally obtained the reward of divine steerage as God guided them again dwelling alongside a unique path to keep away from the murderous Herod. They introduced items to Jesus they usually additionally obtained items from Him.
Are we additionally bringing items to Jesus? Are we bringing to Him our love and work? Are we providing to Him our every day sacrifices and prayers? Are we bringing to Him all our beings and all that touches us in addition to our family members? Are we bringing Him our sins, the primary factor that He needs to avoid wasting us from? Are we additionally receiving the items that He is providing to us – peace, mild, power, hope, and so on.?
Jesus has come to assemble us collectively
Notice that the magi got here to Jesus as a gaggle. They additionally tried to tell Herod and his people who they have been searching for for the new child king. They should have introduced information of this new child to their individuals.
Are we additionally bringing others to Jesus? Are we content material with worshipping Him alone whereas others have no idea about Him or don’t care to find out about Him? Is our love for others brave sufficient to ask them to expertise the love of Jesus within the Eucharist or within the sacrament of reconciliation?
Jesus took a threat to return to us
Jesus freely selected to return to a violent world to avoid wasting us. Herod wished to kill Him even earlier than He spoke a single phrase or carried out a miracle. The magi additionally took an amazing threat to depart the safety of their nation and to return to a international land simply to worship the child Jesus. They risked the hostile stares and ridiculing look of the Israelites as they looked for Jesus.
What dangers are we taking immediately for Jesus? Are we brave sufficient to be devoted Catholics in an age of deception and compromise? Are we brave sufficient to talk the troublesome truths for the sake of Jesus? For the sake of Jesus, are we able to be completely different from this world in our considering, selecting, and performing?
Jesus has come to rework us
The magi have been remodeled. They who had relied on the steerage of a star to carry them to the manger left the manger as males who have been directed interiorly by the spirit of God. Their time of adoration had modified them fully.
Do we strategy Jesus with that readiness and willingness to be interiorly remodeled by Him? Do we come to Him as we’re and permit Him to rework us or will we faux that we don’t should be remodeled? How deep is our need to be remodeled into extra Christlike women and men?
Jesus has come to provide us His personal pleasure
The magi have been doubly joyful as they looked for Jesus and located Him. They skilled that pleasure of discovering the Lord Jesus, “So additionally you may have sorrow now, however I’ll see you once more, and your hearts will rejoice, and nobody will take your pleasure from you” (John 16:22). They confirmed that pleasure by providing Him treasured and applicable items of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Are we additionally able to obtain His personal pleasure? Are we able to forsake the false joys that we pursue that by no means fulfill us however solely improve our needs?
Herod knew concerning the time and place of origin of the child Jesus however he didn’t permit the beginning of Jesus to maneuver him or change his life’s precedence. He was most certainly fixated on preserving his crown. He thus had no pleasure or peace. He may solely unfold this joyless spirit to all his topics, “He was vastly troubled and all Jerusalem with him.” The identical factor occurs to us if we don’t permit the beginning of the child Jesus to impression our lives.
The Eucharist is all the time an epiphany, a privileged encounter with the child Jesus who’s all the time born on the altar at Mass. If the beginning of this child adjustments us and strikes us as God intends, nothing can cease us from experiencing the peace and pleasure of the child Jesus.
Glory to Jesus! Honor to Mary!