by Sr. Celeste Wobeter, ND
Would you believe we are still in the Christmas Season? Contrary to our culture, the Christmas Season is not over at midnight of Christmas Day. Actually Christmas just begins on Christmas Eve. We are so fortunate to have several weeks to continue to ponder the amazing mystery of God becoming human. Born in a stable. Choirs of angels sing, “Glory to God in the highest!” Poor simple shepherds come to the stable. The Magi travel from the East bringing their gifts. And much more!
It is the visit of the Magi that we celebrate on this feast of the Epiphany. The Magi were searchers. They were searching for the Christ Child. They had no specific directions. No GPS! Only directed by a star! They could not travel by day, but could search only in the darkness of night guided by this star.
Perhaps the experience of the Magi can guide us in our searching. At times we, too, experience confusion and difficult situations in our lives. During these times we may feel we walk in darkness with no direction or support. Perhaps we can be encouraged by the persistence of the Magi in their searching. Each night as darkness appeared the Magi continued their journey and trusted in the movement of the star.
I wonder if they were inspired by the words of Isaiah in today’s first reading.
“Rise up in splendor, your Light has come!
See, darkness covers the earth and dark clouds cover the peoples.
But upon you, our God shines and over you appears God’s glory.”
Who or what is the Star that directs my searching?
What gives me hope in the midst of the darkness covering our world today?
How can I be hope and love?