January 6, 2019
In the first reading, what good news for a people in exile. A people who had lost everything. In a sense it says "Don't be afraid.
That can be a help to each of us who at times are down, wondering where the heck God is and why am I having to go through all these situations and problems.
The same was true for the people that Isaiah was addressing. They had lost everything. There seemed to be no hope for them. Have you ever been in that situation?
In the second reading Paul addresses the Ephesians. They are Gentiles. They are consider not chosen by God. Paul tells them Christ comes for all. Sometimes we can be in a place where we look at ourselves and think that there is no hope for us. We see our spiritual selves and think that God could not possible come for me. But guess what... He does come every moment, every day.
The good news of the Gospel gives us hope when we feel down and out. The Magi were pagans. Yet somehow they are drawn to see the Messiah. The joy of this day is that the Messiah, Christ, is for all, even for us in those moments of difficulty, those moment of doubt, and even for those who do not believe.
Do we not think that the Magi had real difficulties and problems in traveling to see the Messiah???
They left home, security, comforts, etc. to travel to an unknown land and through an unknown people to find the Messiah!
Like the Magi we too have to travel through all the problems and difficulties in our lives to find the Christ Child.
Hear the good news from these readings, especially when we feel down or rejected
At the times when we are feeling unworthy...
Remember and the Recall that..
The Messiah comes for each of us today!