Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
The Gospel text states clearly that the wise men, approaching Jesus, fell down and adored. But the question can be asked, just when did this adoration begin: when they saw the child or rather way back when they began the long process that brought them to that moment? In becoming ‘magi’ they would have worked and studied hard. The strange star they saw no doubt delighted and intrigued many but they alone allowed that curious emotion to take effect on their feet. They followed the star, yes, but even more their desire. This made them brave. They were prepared to ask directions, even in the court of the murderous Herod, whose reputation they surely knew. They listened to the marvellous prophecies recounted by Jewish religious leaders, who strange to say did not bother to travel the nine kilometres to see what might be in Bethlehem. For all their religious knowledge, they lacked the spark in the heart that leads to worship. The magi journeyed on and found the fulfilment of all their desire and more besides. They came searching for a great king and found God in human flesh. The use of all their abilities had led them to this moment.
So what about us? The magi gave their best to what they did – to their study, their journeying, the gifts they gave - not out of a desire for personal success but as a way of allowing something greater to determine their lives and, in this, they discovered they were serving God. We may not be called out of our routine life but even when we cook a cake, weed a garden, work a mine shift, teach a class, or do any of the myriad of mundane tasks that make up our lives, we too can follow the Star of Jesus and adore God in all that we do.