Here is the next in our series of six daily reflections on the journey of the wise men. The reflections can be read alone, or in order. They help prepare us for the Feast of the Epiphany.
As we begin today’s reflection pause for a while and be still, ask God grace for the eyes of faith to help you reflect and pray on this Bible passage.
Reading: When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped,they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. (Matthew 2.9-11a)
Reflection: This is the climax of the journey of the wise men. We notice how as they approach the wise men are ‘overwhelmed with joy.’ They enter into a place of prayer and simplicity. Their journey is met by God’s journey into the world. This is a meeting place, full of wonder. This is a moment for prayer, to kneel and pay homage. The wise men cross a threshold from the world into the humble place and adore. They had the eyes to see God there.
Pray: This scene moves us to a place of quiet and wonder. Think and pray over the words ‘lost in wonder.’ Visualise the scene, enter into the scene with mind, heart and prayer, and be still, gaze at the mystery of God in the baby of Bethlehem.