Sunday, January 3, 2021

Magi ab oriente | Visitors from the East

Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2 (NLT)

Feast of the LIGHT to the Gentiles

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we join together from around the world around the Word of God, we can truly rejoice in God’s great manifestation of all peoples.  He alone is truly the Light that enlightens this world!

People in the time of Christ, and before, knew there was something more!  Isaiah prophesied, “See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines.” 

God’s revelation, God taking on our flesh and becoming one of us was that Light!  The “wise,” the poor in spirit, were the ones who saw the Light!  Scripture uses the term the “Magi from the east,” not the term “kings.”  To be open to God’s manifestation, they were looking deeply, the searchers!  

Today the darkness, the pandemic, surrounds the globe.  We can ask ourselves, how am I searching and finding God in all the suffering?  How can I be the “Light of Christ” today in the midst of this unexpected darkness?  This is the challenge of 2021!  

My prayer is with Isaiah, “upon you the Lord shines, and over you appear his glory.” 

Many blessings on 2021!

Reflection on Matthew 2:1‭-‬2 by  Sr. Mary Vivette, SND

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