Mt 2:1-12 Be A Star
Why do we love Christmas so much? I personally think it’s the day in which we realize how very much loved we are. And the truth is precisely this: We are loved by our Lord and by those whom we least expect. Mary and Joseph must have been surprised at the event that was unfolding before them. They had never seen the star that was pointing to the Lord for they were the star. They never expected a visit of wise men from foreign lands. They never imagined that all this would take place or take place so soon. It was all happening so fast. Some were ready, some were not. Some were in adoration, others were concocting a plot!
Evil is never far behind grace. Evil men always lurk behind the wise.
By a special grace the Holy Family was sheltered by what was going on around them; their eyes were gazing upon the galaxy – the Universe – that had become a child. All creation spoke in one way or another of the new born King! “When the child was born the heavens knew that he was God because they immediately sent forth a star; the sea knew him because it allowed him to walk upon it. Even the earth knew him because it trembled when he died; the sun knew him because it hid the rays of light.” (St. Gregory the Great)
What can I do for the Lord? What can I offer him? Our response to God’s offer of salvation should be similar to that of the Magi: To offer gold is to proclaim Christ’s Kingship; to bring incense is to adore him as God; and to offer myrrh is to acknowledge his mortality. “The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was as though they had always been waiting for that star.” (Pope Benedict) Wise men continue looking for the star!
I want to give the Lord something special? What does he want from me? What could I possibly give to Him? The Lord wants only one thing this New Year: my heart. Give the Lord your heart. Make the Lord the center and foundation of your life. Allow yourself to trust in Him. Yes, trust the Lord. Love Him like he loves us. He loves us, not because we are particularly good or highly skilled and talented. No. He does not love us because we are virtuous, or of any great merit, or even because we are useful or necessary to him; he loves us not, because we are good, but because He is good.
Last night I went to see the movie “The King’s Speech” – the life of King George VI – the true story of a Royal who stuttered not because of any physical defect but because of a lack of being loved as a child. I was moved by what a lack of love can do to a man. How we are truly in need of being loved for our own well being. Regardless of the gifts or privileges and commodities we have received. Nothing will ever replace the gift we most need: the gift of love. The one gift, the one treasure we desire more than any other is to be loved.
The Lord provides for all our needs by giving us Himself. The Lord invites us to be a star that points to something great!
Wise men still follow Him. Wise men still come to adore Him. Wise men still search for Him.