Reflections - January 8, 2017

“They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage.”  Mt. 2:10-11.
 
I asked a group of young people what the feast of Epiphany meant for them, in particular the figure of the Magi, Gentiles, who did not belong to the people of Israel.  The answer came from a young university woman.  She said:  “The Magi were in the search of the good”.
 
How well this young woman answered!  They were looking for the good and they found in that fragile child and in His poor Mother the God of Israel, the creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.  These men in search of the good allowed themselves to “walk by your light”, Is. 60:3, and the glory of the Lord shone over that child.  The Magi represented the nations that walked by your shining radiance….”.  Is. 60:3.
 
Today God’s Plan is fulfilled.  Those pagan men discovered that “the good”, in this case our salvation, sometimes comes with difficulties – “they were overjoyed at seeing the star”.  They had found the “King of the Jews” in His throne, a manger.  That is how God send his Son into the world, to reconcile, not to condemn, it is the reign of justice, reconciliation, and peace.  Now there is not longer a need for a star.  Now Christ, the light of the world, lights up our hearts to that it will be open to others and we can discover “the good” that God has done for each of us, sometimes in the most weak and helpless”…
 
I feel as I read this Gospel that the first One that taught us to discover the good that there is in each one of us and in others is our Good Father, but this requires the virtue of humility that we will ask for in prayer today.  In this case some pagan Magi practiced humility when they confronted their problem.  As St. Teresa would say:  “with detachment and humility, because detachment means leaving everything to embrace God….”.  And discover the good, the Sun of justice that is born from on high.  But there is also King Herod who “searches for this child to destroy Him”.  The interest and ego of this man prevailed and his out-of-control ego became the companion of arrogance which many times does not allow us to see “the good” which is the foundation and principle of our salvation.
 
It would be good to begin this year by asking:  Is it easy for you to find something good in what God has done in your life and in the lives of others?  How do you manifest it?
 
Let us pray to the Lord in the Eucharist to open our eyes to see that in each difficult situation there is a promise, a gift of salvation.