F1. Though darkness covered the earth, light and glory came to Jerusalem, says the First Reading. Are you aware of God’s light and glory in your life?
F2. Did Jerusalem have any light of her own? Were nations coming to her or to the light? What do you think draws people to the Church today?
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
S1. Just what was this mystery that Paul said “was made known to me by revelation”? How does God’s Grace enter in?
S2. How does mystery brighten the world? Is every person ever born a “co-heir”?
G1. God sent the Magi a message and they rode their camels across the known world. What would cause you to put forth this kind of effort? What made the search worth it for them?
G2. It was through the grace of the Holy Spirit that the star led the wise men along the way, Pope Francis said in his Epiphany homily. And then finally grace allowed them to enter into the mystery.
What is that mystery?
And so we can ask ourselves: what is the mystery in which God is hidden? Where can I find him? All around us we see wars, the exploitation of children, torture, trafficking in arms, trafficking in persons. … In all these realities, in these, the least of our brothers and sisters who are enduring these difficult situations, there is Jesus (cf. Mt 25:40,45). The crib points us to a different path from the one cherished by the thinking of this world: it is the path of God’s self-abasement, his glory concealed in the manger of Bethlehem, on the cross upon Calvary, in each of our suffering brothers and sisters.
The wise men entered into the mystery. They passed from human calculations to the mystery: this was their conversion. And our own? Let us ask the Lord to let us undergo that same journey of conversion experienced by the wise men. Let us ask him to protect us and to set us free from the temptations which hide the star. To let us always feel the troubling question: “Where is the star,” whenever—amid the deceptions of this world—we lose sight of it. Amen.
The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
January 6, 2015
**From Saint Louis University