|Posted on January 6, 2020 at 7:10 AM|
Yesterday we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany. It’s the date when we remember when the three Wise Men came from afar to visit the Baby Jesus in the crib. On this feast at our church, we usually sing carols like “We Three Kings” or “Rise Up, Shepherd” which mention the eastern star which led the visitors to the stable.
We say that the three kings were “wise” men – perhaps astrologers or sages -who looked in the heavens for signs and then interpreted them. They saw the star, studied it and followed it to Israel. When the kings arrived in Jerusalem to enquire about the child, King Herod was disturbed. A new king had been born? A rival? This was not good news for Herod, so he cunningly told those astrologers to return to him so he, too, could go and honor the child.
After their visit, though, the wise men received a dream that they should not return to Herod. Wisely, they followed that advice to return home by another way.
I’ve often wondered what happened to those kings – did they continue on in their lives without considering what happened on their journey and Who they saw? Were these Gentile men somehow changed, becoming wiser as a result of seeing the Baby Jesus?
Yet I wonder - did this visit change those men? Might they have begun to live life in a new way once they had met the Savior face to face? Did they share what they had seen with the people back in their hometowns?
I guess I won’t know what really happened to the three wise men, but what about me? I meet Jesus face to face every time I receive Him in the Eucharist at Mass. I meet Him face to face every time I sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament in our chapel. Am I changed by these encounters? Have I become wiser as a result of these face to face meetings with Jesus?
I know that I am far from perfect, but I can take time to reflect on these encounters with Jesus. I can try to look at my life and see how I perhaps could change. I will likely never become rich and famous, and few people in this world will even know my name. But I do hope that, somehow, my face might reflect the face of Jesus to those who I meet. I pray that I can take Jesus with me wherever I go – not only when I take communion to the homebound, but at all times when I visit with friends, spend time with my family or even pass someone in the store or on the street. And I can hope to become a wiser woman as a result of my meeting Jesus.
When was the last time you met Jesus? Were you able to spend a little time adoring him? Do you think that this encounter with Jesus made you a wiser woman or man? Perhaps this week you can ponder this thought. And maybe you can be a little more mindful the next time you have an opportunity to meet Jesus. Who knows - you may be blessed by growing a bit wiser!
Have a blessed Monday!
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