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Look To The Stars!
Topic Started: Jan 10 2010, 10:53 AM (548 Views)
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Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalms 72:1-2,7-8,10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

"We saw His star as it rose and have come to do Him homage" (Matthew 2:2)

Today's Gospel Lesson includes the familiar story of the "Wise Men" from the East. "'Where is the Infant King of the Jews?' they asked. 'We saw His star as it rose and have come to do Him homage'" (Mt. 2:2). And the star "went forward," Matthew tells us, "and halted over the place where the Child was" (Mt. 2:9).

Where was the Infant King when the Wise Men found Him? He was lying in a manger. Mother of all paradoxes: the King of the Universe, the King of all that was, all that is and all that will be, the King of every king who lived in a palatial palace was born in a smelly stable!

Continuing the story of the Wise Men, Matthew tells us that when they saw the Infant King lying in the manger, they fell "to their knees and did Him homage." And when they arose, they left the stable and "returned to their own country."

As believers we try to get in touch with the presence of God as something more than a concept or an idea. We try to become aware of the presence of God as something that involves our whole being. We want to let God touch us inwardly as well as outwardly. For true believers it is not enough to know about God intellectually. The head-trip is not enough. The God who saves us, liberates us from the bondage of aimlessness and absurdity, is the God who is present in our whole being. And this is what Matthew is talking about in today's Gospel Lesson -- the story of the Epiphany.

Matthew is saying that, at a certain time and place in history, the essential Being of God, the Christ Spirit which was with Him "from the beginning," was fully embodied and revealed in Jesus of Nazareth. And, for this reason, Jesus is called "Messiah," "King of Kings," "Lord," "Savior." Moreover, the Gospels inform us that this same Christ Spirit that was embodied in Jesus is also present in us. At the center of our being, the Spirit through which God created all things is alive in us. The Christ Spirit is here, and "This" the Apostle Paul says, "is your hope of glory": the glory of wholeness of life now and the glory of life that is to be. Christ in you! The Epiphany story is inviting us to take an inward journey down to the center of our being, there to discover the Christ, the Living Christ, God's presence...

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