Scripture reflection . . .
The Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord this Sunday, recalling the journey of the three Wise Men (Matthew 2: 1- 12), and celebrating the revelation that the Incarnation of the Lord, the Gift of God, is for everyone (Ephesians 3:2 – 6).
The Wise Men ask, “Where is the newborn king?”
This leads them on the last leg of their journey: “They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child . . . “(Mat.2:1 – 12).
In their seeking they saw the light and found the greatest gift.
As we enter this New Year, may we seek to see more clearly the presence of Christ each day; a faith that grows deeper trusting that we will find what we seek.
In our lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .
In all the events of the past couple of weeks we discovered the presence of Christ . . .
. . . in our Christmas celebrations: Christmas parties, Christmas Liturgies, and a Christmas prayer service. We also enjoyed a Christmas meal together with several guests. We experienced the presence of Christ in prayer and around the table.
. . . in welcoming guests and in being welcomed: several individuals and families stopped by to visit before and after Christmas. Many times we were the welcomed guests as we visited others. We encountered Jesus in all these relationships.
. . . in welcoming home our postulant after three months, during which time she accompanied the “Guests” at our Motherhouse in Germany. She certainly saw Christ in the many people seeking refuge from various countries of the world. Vividly she witnessed the Holy Family in several families looking for “a room in the inn”. You can read more of her experiences on her blog, Archipelago of Mercy. And we see Christ in her generous presence and love for God’s people.
. . . in the New Year’s celebrations as we pause in gratitude for the gift, and challenges, of this past year. We see how God has been with us each step of the way as we follow the Light that is Christ.
In your life . . .
It a new year!
Perhaps you will take some time to recall the presence of God in your life this past year. What is it you are looking for as you begin this new year? Try to name what it is you deeply desire.
For if you seek you shall find.
Blessings on your New Year!