Pondering for Thursday, January 6, 2022

Eucharistic Readings for the Epiphany: Years A, B, and C

Isaiah 60:1 to 6; Psalm 72:1 to 7 and10 to 14; Ephesians 3:1 to 12Matthew 2:1 to 12

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” (Matthew 2: 1and 2)

I find it amazing that a non-Jewish people, albeit a studied group of ancient scientist, came to the realization that an astronomical power favored a human existence and pointed the way through their studies – the stars – to where this special existence is taking place.  It should not surprise us however because the same thing happened with the shepherds.  In Luke’s Gospel account, Shepherds tending their flocks were visited in their vocation by celestial beings who pointed to where God was at work in that same baby.  (Luke 2)

These wise men of Matthew’s Gospel account let go of any ethnic pride they might have had in order to see what God was doing regardless of what people it was happening.  This meant they had to go where their studies led them, in this case to Judea and specifically, to Bethlehem. If we are wise people today we must do like-wise.  God can appear in any people, anywhere at any time. Here’s the thing, God always “points” to where God is.  And God often does this within the very way we make a living.  We just have to be aware and follow the clues no matter where they lead. The clues may lead to the incarcerated, the terminally ill, to non-English speakers or even to people we don’t particularly like. Moses was led back to Egypt where he was guilty of murder. But he followed the instructions of the burning bush that pointed him back to Egypt.

The Always is, (clue-dropping) God, loves us and is trying to add light to our lives.  This is the theme of Epiphany, the season of light.  As light is added to coming light in this season after the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, let us follow God’s leading light wherever it may lead as we too go in search of what God is doing for us today in this new year of 2022.

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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