Daily Gospel Reflection for January 5, 2013

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

I’m excited I get to write the gospel reflection for the Epiphany of Our Lord.  This is a great story with a stirring plot.  It’s a story of adventure, travel, faith, discovery and intrigue.

Epiphany means a revelation or realization.  The Epiphany of the Lord is the revelation of the Divine nature of the baby Jesus to all the world.  

All the world!  Gentiles too, as represented by the Magi.  Christ is for everyone, every nation and race and every status in life.

No one knows for sure whether the star that guided the Magi to Jesus was a comet or unusual alignment of planets, or something else that God created to guide them.  But they followed the star with faith and journeyed to another land to greet the newborn King of the Jews.

On our journey through our own lives, if we have faith and follow the guidance of Our Lord’s light, it will guide us to Jesus also!  

The Magi prostrated themselves and did Him homage, though they were not even Jews.  It strikes me how reverent and humble they behaved toward the Baby and His Mother.  

I can’t help but compare their adoration to the indifference and disrespect we sometimes exhibit at Mass or going to Holy Communion.   

They opened their treasures and offered the child Jesus fine gifts.  

I love the intrigue in this story of how King Herod tried to trick the Magi into telling Him where Jesus was, pretending he wanted to do Him homage also.  Too bad for you, Herod!  They were warned in a dream, and they turned the trick back on Herod, by going home another way. 

It’s like the plot of a good movie where Good triumphs over Evil.  Honesty always trumps deceit.  

God always has our back and tells us the right way to go.  

Through the Holy Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church, He guides us which path to take as clearly as the star guided the Magi.

Ponder:

What gifts do we offer Jesus?  Do we offer Him kindness and compassion in our dealings with other people throughout the week, or do we offer Him rudeness, unkindness, animosity or indifference?  If it’s sometimes the latter, then let’s step up our game and make our interactions with others more positive next week.

Pray:

Jesus, help me to see the signs leading to you. Give me the grace to offer you my very best.

Copyright 2014 Deborah Shelby

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  1. Amen Sister! Deborah, I love your challenge to “step up my game” — such a needed reminder especially as we move towards Ordinary Time. But for now, we continue the Feast and I’m pondering what gifts I bring to the Christ Child. Often, it’s my words. But also, I try to serve him by better loving and serving my husband and sons, to see his precious face in theirs. Great reflection! Happy Epiphany!

    • Thanks, Jenna. Yeah, that was on my mind because of a comment I heard. I wish I could remember who it was from, but it was a Muslim. He attended a Mass and commented to the priest afterward that if he believed he were receiving his God, he would have behaved more reverently than what he saw when everyone went to Communion. I thought it was awful, so it really affected me.

  2. Deborah,

    First, too bad you left Minnesota to return to Florida, tomorrow is going to be a beautiful record breaking day. (-74 AIR TEMP, -50 WIND CHILL) 🙂

    Second, beautiful reflection. Thank you. I really like this: “On our journey through our own lives, if we have faith and follow the guidance of Our Lord’s light, it will guide us to Jesus also!” That line really resonated with me today. In my Lectio Divina this morning the words that captured me were: “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” But the words weren’t heard in my heart today as words coming from one who wants to do Christ harm, but rather as words for me to go forth this new year and diligently search for Him, to follow His light and find what He has waiting for me in 2014, and then to not only to give him my “gifts”, but to allow Him to use those gifts to share what He reveals in my heart with those who need to have a relationship with Him.

    So I join you in the prayer: “Jesus, help me to see the signs leading to you. Give me the grace to offer you my very best.”

    Blessings,

    Kelly

    • LOL It’s 68 degrees here, so I can’t bring myself to say I miss being there! I only lasted two winters. Once my wet hair froze into icicles when I ran from the door to my car, in mere seconds! I didn’t even know that was possible.
      Thank you, Kelly, for the lovely comment, which I feel added greatly to the reflection.

  3. Beautiful! I love the part about indifference and homage…big plate of food for thought! Thank you Deborah! Blessings on your day!

  4. LOL It’s 68 degrees here, so I can’t bring myself to say I miss being there! I only lasted two winters. Once my wet hair froze into icicles when I ran from the door to my car, in mere seconds! I didn’t even know that was possible.
    Thank you for the lovely comment, which I feel added greatly to the reflection.

  5. Dear Deborah, thank you for your insight on epiphany which i just got it in my mail… pretty profound and refreshing. Enjoyed the reflections from your readers too. I did epiphany lesson with my Sunday school children yesterday. I gave them each a brown sandwich paper bag for them to draw and share what precious gift they liked to offer to Jesus. A few grade 3 boys drew diamonds as gift for Jesus as they wanted to outdo the Magi 😛

    http://janiecross.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/the-story-of-the-magi-2/

  6. Thank you for this reflection, especially the “ponder” piece. As I get older and my life more complex, I need to remind myself if what I am going to say or do is helpful, respectful, and even necessary. Too often, many people speak and what they say is not a gift. I truly believe what you send out comes back to you and this year, I want to give out the good, just like the Magi.

    • Thanks, Monica. I agree that too often what some people say to others is not a gift for Jesus. Too often, I’m one of them! Sometimes my words or my thoughts stop me in my tracks and horrify me when I remember that I offered the Lord “all my thoughts, words and deeds” that morning.

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