In the final reflection in our series looking at the journey of the wise men we consider their return home.
To begin this reflection first be still, and settle for a few moments to help you focus on the reflection. Hopefully the reflection will bring new light to you. Ask God for the grace to be open to new promptings, new insights. Perhaps repeat slowly a short phrae, or a word, to help you be still.
Reading: On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. (Matthew 2:11-12)
Reflection: The story of the wise men ends with a change of direction. This is well portrayed in the fifteenth century painting above, which has the wise men returning by boat. The star led the wise men to Jesus, an inner dream leads them to a safe way home. The wise men are warned by God, who is protecting them from evil. Their discovery of Chriist means taking a different route, living differently.
Prayer: Having seen Christ the journey of the wise men changes course. Our faith encourages us to live a Christian lifestyle and follow a Christian spirituality. Pray quietly that your faith, your vision of Christ, may be your guide in what you do and in your spiritual life too. Pray for God’s blessing on your journey in life.