After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
This evening we commemorate the Epiphany – when the three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn King.
My Saint My Hero welcomes the new year, inspired by the journey of the wise men. In many ways this event symbolizes our own spiritual journeys and offers us guidance, encouraging us to live nothing less than a powerful, beautiful life of celebration and discovery through our faith. What can these 3 wise men teach us as we enter 2015?…
Cultivate a Seeking Heart and Mind. The Magi followed a star, and light illuminated a path to the Messiah. They kept their eyes focused on heaven, which helped them avoid distractions and stay on the path to meet Him.
Continuing to keep our gaze on the Lord yearning for His light to guide us can help us keep an open heart. Seeking this path and inviting God, helps us to pursue beauty, truth and goodness and creates joy in our lives. A longing heart is a faithful heart.
Value and Invest in Relationships. The desire in their hearts to find and to know our Lord was astounding. The three shepherds left governing their flocks and together chose to follow the bright star to Christ’s birthplace. The support and encouragement they gave to each other over the long and arduous journey traveling such a distance must have been tremendous. We are called to reassure each other and encourage each other’s faith so we can strengthen our trust and love for God and through God. Our journeys are meant to be traveled together in hopes to uplift one another and bring us closer in our relationship to our Heavenly Father.
In seeing Christ as a bright star in our own hearts we can let ourselves be led by him as we pursue a relationship with God. The friendship we develop with Jesus is a foundation for all relationships. We can bring him into all our relationships, extending grace to all and noticing God in everyone.
Be Gracious. Arriving at the manger the Magi knew they were in the presence of our Lord. They praised him and set before him gifts to pay homage. They gave gifts that were highly esteemed in their time because they knew the value of the One they were visiting. In giving gifts worth more than they could afford made it a sacrifice. We can learn how sacrifice offers the greatest gift of generosity.
My Saint My Hero rejoices in this new year and encourages all to follow the Light of Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17