FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sunday January 6, 2019
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD JESUS
WORD of the DAY
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way. ( Matthew 2: 1-12)
How shall I live this Word?
A palpitating heart waiting, the desire of the search, a diligence that gives the courage to leave their land to go to distant Judea to see and worship: these are the true riches of the Eastern sages, whose chests are about to overflow with treasures in homage to the King of kings. It is a profound and irrepressible emotion, the one that urges them to pursue a celestial trail, to disdain the ravines and the dust of only human ways to move behind the light that comes from above, letting themselves be docilely led by the impalpable divine wisdom rather that by the subtle investigations of the computers of this world (1 Corinthians 1:20), who like Herod want to “inquire accurately” before recognizing Him whom to worship. Merely human wisdom gives birth to fear, doubts, retreats, defends, and offends those who obstruct it, feeds on the massacre of all its enemies. The wisdom that comes from above, pure and simple (James 3:17), surrenders to the One who created it and adores Him without fear.
The Magi and Herod personify two movements consequent to the coming of Jesus. He polarizes on Himself the attention of everyone, but not all are driven by the same motivation. There are those who wait for Him with faith, and those who want to possess Him to keep Him under control. It will not be useless for our spiritual life to ask ourselves: is there still joy in my waiting? Do I seek the Lord with a heart full of love? Am I ready to recognize Him in the flesh, in the “here and now” in which I live? Am I scandalized by His abasement or am I willing to be amazed by Him once again?
The Voice of Joseph Dossetti, Witness
Adoration must be total, but it is still nothing if it is not loving, if it is not the adoration of love. Love itself is nothing if it is not adoration. Love that is not adoration is nothing, or it is only the beginning.
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili