This is the third daily reflection in preparation for the feast of the Epiphany, and intended as an encouragement in faith at the beginning of a new year. We are reflecting together on the journey of the wise men, the magi.
As we begin this time of reflection and prayer we pause for a few moments. Close our eyes and be still. We ask God for the grace to understand our deep desires and God’s call for us. As we read the Bible passage we use our imaginations to enter the scene.
Reading: In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ (Matthew 2.1-8)
Reflection: It would seem for a while the wise men lost track of the star and needed help. Then they saw the star again and were filled with joy. Our journeys have times of clarity, encouragement, joy and times of desolation and worry. Times go well, then there are times of trouble and confusion. We are called to recognise this and be patient, and persevere, not get stuck in troubled times.
Pray: Look at a lit candle, or holy image today. Focus on it and be still for a while. Look at the colours and shapes, and turn to prayer, asking for grace to continue with your journey of following the star.