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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

In search of God, God illuminates for us the Way

The Epiphany:
In search of God, God illuminates for us the Way

These days we may have been wishing one another a “happy new year.” It is a simple tradition, but we could ask ourselves, what would make 2020 a happy year? There may be as many answers as there are people asking the question, but I think that for us, people of faith, the happiness we want involves more than our psycho-social well-being. The happy life, from the Christian perspective is illuminated by the brightness of the face of God who became human in Christ.

Today, we celebrate how some ancient men, went in search of the Light who became human. Magi from the East went to pay homage to the infant Christ. They studied the stars looking for God, and a star pointed the way. Their journey can point the way to our search for happiness... For the magi, it was motivated by a sincere desire to know the Truth, and it implicated a giving of themselves, symbolized by the gifts they carried.

These words of St Augustine can help us capture the sense of contemplation the Magi may have experienced upon seeing Christ: “All things were made by the Word: whatever belongs to the category of creature, everything that is fixed in the sky, that shines from above, that flies under the heavens, and that moves in universal nature, every creature whatsoever. I will speak more plainly, brethren, that you may understand me; I will say, from an angel even to a worm. What more excellent than an angel among created things? What lower than a worm? He who made the angel made the worm also; but the angel is fit for heaven, the worm for earth. Behold what for your sake He was willing to become, who in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!” (Tractate on St John’s Gospel).

God bless, Fr. Carlos, O.S.A.

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