Epiphany of the Lord (January 8, 2017)

Epiphany of the Lord (January 8, 2017)


We are all called to be a “star.”  But what kind of star are we going to be?  


We tend to use the word “star” in reference to a celebrity, or someone whose accomplishments shine brightly above others.  But ultimately their status as stars is really just a reflection of themselves; the “light” that they reflect is their own.  During the Christmas season we hear about a special star in the sky.  This star was to be followed by others—first the shepherds, and then the magi from the east.  But the point of this star, of course, wasn’t to shine for its own sake but to point/lead the way to the One who is Light from Light, our Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

On Friday, Pope Francis said, “This true light is the Lord's light or, better, it is the Lord Himself. He is our light: a light that does not blind, but accompanies and gives a unique joy. This light is for all and calls each one…Christian life is a continuous journey, made of hope, and made of seeking; a journey that, like that of the Magi, also continues when the star disappears momentarily from sight…Let us learn from the Magi not to dedicate to Jesus only our spare time and a thought every now and then, otherwise we will not have His light. As the Magi, let us get underway, clothed in light following the star of Jesus, and let us adore the Lord with our whole selves.” [Angelus address 6 Jan 2017]

 

Each one of us is called—made—to be a star.  But what kind of star are we going to be?  


Will we fall into the temptation to shine on/for ourselves…or maybe even choose to not shine at all?  Or, will our lives point/lead others to Christ, to having an encounter with Christ, as we even seek for this for ourselves.  This involves intentionality, unlike Herod and company.  We must choose to look to live for Christ—in the midst of our homes, work, school, community and world.  We remember, too, that as Christ came for all, we who belong to Christ are to have an openness to the “other,” and not adding to the darkness of division (us vs. them).

 

We are all called to be a “star.”  But what kind of star are we going to be?