Keep up the search, follow the Star
Readings: Is 60: 1-6; Eph 3: 2-3; Mt 2: 1-12
The word of God offered to us at the solemnity of the Epiphany invites us to contemplate on the universality of God’s plan of salvation. God attracts all to Himself. Whether we refer to the three men from the Orient (East) as kings or wise men, the fact remains that they left a space in their hearts for something new. In their wisdom, they recognize the star of the newly born king. He attracts them to Himself through a star. They come from the Orient and find orientation. When they find the one who is able to satisfy the deepest desire of their hearts, they offer precious gifts. His light shines into our darkness so that we may know what we are lacking. He is the treasure we are looking for in life. The word of God invites us to search for a meaningful life. We ought to try our best and let and let His light draw us to Him!
You are a beloved child of God
Readings: Is 42:1-4.6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Lk 3:15-16.21-22
At His baptism, Jesus manifests His solidarity with humanity. He descends into human brokenness so that He may initiate a journey of healing of all brokenness. It is a moment of revelation of Jesus’ identity: He is the beloved son of God. The voice that proclaims this identity must be heard by all who are baptized, for in baptism, we all become God’s beloved children. Whoever is baptized becomes a new creature and, as St. Paul says, clothed in Christ (Gal 3:26). In baptism, we start a journey of conversion. On this journey, we strive to give up all the other small “loves“ in order to let true Love embrace us. Christians receive light at their baptism and, thus, a mission to be light-bearers in the darkness of the world. We ought to ask ourselves; Are we Christians? Then let our light shine!
Two indispensable guests
Readings: Is 62:1-5; 1Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-12
A great embarrassment was to happen at the wedding at Cana. Two guests saved the situation. Mary, the mother of Jesus turned to her son because she believed in His power and goodness. What she told the attendants is what she tells us today: “Do whatever He tells you!” Obeying the Lord brings about a change of our sappy life (mere water) into a tasteful one (wine). The Lord enters into our human troubles and transforms our scarcity into a bounty so rich that everyone can have ones fill.
Filling the jars with water is an indication that Jesus seeks the cooperation of all His followers in order to transform and save the world. If Christians carry out their duties wherever they are, they can transform the face of the earth and the world will become a place for feasting for all. However, this feast is doomed to flop if we miss the indispensable guests. Have we sent out the invitations for our guests? Let’s not forget the one for Mary and her Son, Jesus!
Announce the Gospel and not “Gossip”
Readings: Neh 8:2-6.8-10; 1Cor 12:12-30; Lk 1:1-4. 4, 14-21
The The time Jesus spent in the desert helped Him to be rooted in His relationship with the Father. It was this relationship that guaranteed the purpose of His life. At Nazareth, he was able to present this purpose: to preach the good news to the poor; to set the oppressed free and to proclaim the Lord’s time of salvation. It is interesting to note that Jesus came to bring good news (Gospel). In our time, many people are used to “fake news” which is the result of gossiping. Many seem to be replacing “Gospel” with “Gossip”.
It must be clearly said that great things happen when God enters people’s lives. The oppressed gain freedom and those who are liberated will liberate others. Do you realize that you are caught up in any prison because of sin? Here is the good news: The one to set you free is knocking at the door. Allow Him in and become free!
BY Fr. Anthony Kibira MCCJ