Happy Feast Day of the Epiphany, also known as "Little Christmas" when the three kings bow down to the King of kings. They find Jesus after a long search for Him. May we increase and deepen our search for Christ today. May we allow His Spirit to guide us. May He lead, and we follow. Here is the Scripture and a New Way Today reflection for this feast day (which is on January 6th, but in 2014 is celebrated in the Church Sunday Jan 5th)
The Magi Visit the Messiah Matthew 2
" After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route."
Today is a great day to reflect on the Lordship of Jesus Christ and also to ask ourselves some reflective questions.
What is it that I treasure?
What gifts can I bring to Christ today? What can I lay down before Him?
What am I unwilling to surrender to the Lord?
What am I holding onto too tightly?
And finally, which direction do we go after we encounter Him? Do we go back the way we came or do we go in a New direction like the Magi did?
Let's take some quiet time to pray today and ask ourselves these questions. There is so much we can give to Christ, particularly our Love for Him. But let's not forget to also give Him our sins, that He came to take away from us. He wants to dispose of them, wash us clean and remember them no more. Let's not allow His coming to be in vain. Let's acknowledge His mission by laying down before Him all that keeps us away from Him. Then, we will be better able to love Him and serve Him, as we are set free by His Love and Mercy.
God knows our weaknesses, our limitations and our sinfulness, and He came to earth anyway, already Loving us as we are. It's a wonderful opportunity to begin the New Year by going to confession, by admitting our sinfulness, and accepting the gift that God gives to us, the gift that God Himself is, the gift of Heaven, the gift of His own Son, Jesus Christ, revealed to the whole world today. In this Joy of the Christmas season let's be filled with hope, since Jesus came to set us free from sin and death, and to give us a New Life!
God Loves us! He has revealed Himself to us and to the whole world today! God is with us! And that's reason to celebrate! May the joy of the Magi be ours in a New Way, Today!
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