In the feast of Epiphany we celebrate the generosity of God who, in his son, reveals the salvation that he offers to the entire humanity. Jesus, though born in a specific area and among a particular people, Jews, nevertheless, his life-giving mission is destined to all. Hence, he reveals himself as King and Light of the world. Let’s rejoice indeed in this bounty of God. How can this serve us as springboard to help us enter, and live through, this new year with faith and hope?
Isaiah 60: 1–6
Psalm 72: 1–2, 7–8, 10–13
Ephesians 3: 2–3, 5–6
Matthieu 2: 1–12
Aspirations of the new year
We have just begun a new year, 2019, and our phones are still loaded with messages. Indeed, we have been busy with our phones texting greetings to our dear ones, especially wishing them good health, joy, happiness, prosperity -in short, everything good we desire for those we love. We too have been receiving similar messages. These wishes express what we value and desire for ourselves and for others. But, in a way, aren’t we just exposing ourselves to deception?
Life is more than what we desire
Things are not always as we desire them to be, at least as our experience can confirm. We may wish for long life, but some people live only for few years; we wish to have good health in this year, and indeed there will be moments when we shall enjoy it. Probably there will be also times when we shall be down with sickness. We want to prosper in our career or business, surely there will be times when things will blossom. Yet, at other times we may be left wondering if it’s worth trying at all, especially when our efforts seem to go to waste. What a life! We wonder. Moments like that can dispirit us. So, how can epiphany be a buoying experience for us?
Epiphany, alternation of light and darkness
The Magi come from a distant country, led by a star. They have put themselves on the road inspired by one goal to meet the new born king of the Jews. The star they have been following is not constantly giving them the light they need; there comes a time when it disappears. What becomes of their journey? End of it? Not at all! These men from the East are constant in their determination to reach the new born baby. Finally, their resilience is rewarded -the star reappears and leads them to the baby. Perhaps our life is not different.
Facing light and shadows of life
We are still in the ambiance of new year, and our wishes are still fresh, those things we want to achieve be it in the life of faith or in career, business and in our family. Not only do we bring them into prayer, but we also commit ourselves in order to realise them. However, moments of darkness will come, but we shouldn’t leave them to thwart our effort and our determination. Thanks to the journey of faith, of the Magi, we realise that we walk our life not just in darkness, neither is it always in the light -but an alternation. But we live those moments of darkness in the faith and hope that a leading star will reappear to see us to our destination.
My attitude in this new year
And so whatever strides I make in this new year, I don’t count singly on my own efforts, rather; what keeps me going is the determination that feeds on faith and trust in God. Be it moments of light or darkness, I remain assured that He’s on my side.
Hence, may the journey of faith made by the magi inspire us to walk this new year, trusting the bountiful God who comes to offer abundance of life to all humanity.
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