January 7, 2018 - Epiphany, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We are all on a journey. Where we say we are going says a lot about who we are.
I am trying to finish school. I want to retire. I am looking to make lots of money. I want to get married. I’m going to be a priest.
We might all say we are looking for love. But when others look at our lives they might say we are looking for love in all the wrong places.
Our entire lives are a journey and where we are headed says plenty about who we are.
The magi in the gospel are on a tremendous adventure. They saw a bright star in the sky and they left their homes to journey to see the newborn King.
They did him homage, brought their gifts and then continued on their journey.
Did they even know they were on a pilgrimage to see God? I don’t know. More importantly, are we on a search for God?
The journey we call life can be painful, uncertain, filled with unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes we can get off track and lose our way.
But from time to time, like on this Feast of the Epiphany, we get a glimpse of the end. We see the Lord shed light upon our hearts. We see the Lord illuminate the darkness to light our paths.
We feel the radiance of the Lord fill us with peace and joy. We gather here in this holy place so that the glory of the Lord can shine upon us.
We ask the Lord of light to go before us to illuminate our paths so that we may reach the brightness of our eternal home where light overcomes darkness, good overcomes evil and life overcomes death.
The Magi searched diligently for the Christ. Their pilgrimage to see the Lord brought joy.
Life is a journey and where we are headed says a lot about who we are. Today we ask God to shine the light of Christ into our lives to guide us along the right paths.