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Faith Daily | 6 January 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 479


O God,

by the leading of a star

you manifested your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles:

mercifully grant, that we, who know you now by faith,

may after this life be led to the vision

of your glorious Godhead;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 2: 1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men[a] from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,[b] and have come to pay him homage.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah[c] was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:


6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd[d] my people Israel.’”


7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men[e] and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,[f] until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped,[g] they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Rev’d Sandra


In today’s Gospel reading we hear about the 3 wise men - pilgrim astrologers from the East. And it seems to me that we are invited to realise that the Magi were people who were prepared to break out of their usual routine and comfort zone, to go in search of the divine. None of them were locals. None of them were Jews. They were foreigners and strangers to the land.

And the Magi also show us that seeking is active. For nowhere in the text does it say that the Magi stumbled upon Jesus by chance. They were intentionally looking for him. In fact, they were so bold in their seeking that they walked right into King Herod’s empire asking where the King of the Jews was – clearly implying that Herod was not the king they sought.

They sought the newborn king of the Jews and boldly owned their search before others. Who knows how long they had followed that special star, with a hopeful, active searching? I believe the Magi offer us insight into the reality that we are all called to be active seekers after Jesus in our daily life.

Yet, in spite of our good intentions, sometimes being active seekers can be a bit tricky in our modern lives. We may become distracted – busy with family, work, and life, so that if we are not diligent, we may forget the very foundation of our life.

And it also seems to me that the story of the Magi offers us the profound truth, that humility is always required in the presence of the Sacred. For when the Magi come across the Christ Child with his mother Mary, we note that they don’t stop for a moment to congratulate themselves on a job well done! Rather, immediately, they fall to their knees in humility and adoration, to pay homage to the infant King.


FINAL PRAYER:


O God of all heaven and earth,

from the breath of your love

came the creation of the world.

We are amazed at the vast beauty of the night sky

and at the intimate nature of the love you have for us.

Be our daily star, guiding our lives to search for

Kingdom love.

May we always follow your light of truth in all that we do.

Forever trusting, hoping and believing in your Word,

lift our eyes today to see your eternal life

shining brightly, leading us home.

Amen

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