As the King figurines are brought forward in procession to be placed into the nativity we join our voices in proclaiming “Star ofWonder, Star of Light.” The star we sing of is the one that guided the leaders of multiple nations to locate the long awaited Savior. Think about this. Rulers from foreign lands seeking the Christ Child, the Babe in a Manger, the Promised One, the One who would save the world! It is hard to imagine that the people in neighboring lands would hear of this child and believe. Yet, they did. We believe because we have the incredible gift of knowing Jesus. The people of the time of the birth of Christ only knew what had unfolded in the dreams and visions of their ancestors and through the verbal stories of faith in a God who would save them from captivity and bring them new life. They did not have the news and social media to spread the word; they learned it from the elders in their family and in their community. That in itself seems like a miracle; all of it part of God’s plan to forever love and save His people.
How much effort do we put into seeking Jesus in our day and age? How much time and effort do we make to travel, even to Church to celebrate the Mass and receive sacraments? How are we sharing our faith in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with our families, our community and the world? When we pray the Creed, do we just say the words or do we truly believe and accept them as Truth? The birth of Jesus Christ brought New Light into the darkness of our world; dark because of sin and destruction at the hands of humanity. That darkness still exists in our world today and try as we might to avoid it, we cannot do it alone. We need Immanuel, God with us, to be our strength and our Light against the darkness. We need the Christ Child! Let us, like the Three Kings on this Feast of the Epiphany make great effort to seek and find Jesus. What gift will you present to Him?
With praise and homage,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC