The incomparable joy of finding God

 


The Solemnity of the Epiphany moves us to renew the apostolic spirit that the Lord has placed in our hearts. From the beginning, this feast was considered the first manifestation of Christ to all peoples. "With the birth of Jesus a star has been lit in the world, a luminous vocation has been kindled; caravans of peoples set out on their journey (cf. Is 60:1 ff.); new paths are opened on earth; roads that arrive, and, by the same token, roads that depart. Christ is the center. Even more, Christ is the heart: a new circulation has begun that will never end. It is destined to constitute a program, a necessity, an urgency, a continuous effort, which has its raison d'être in the fact that Christ is the Savior. Christ is necessary (...). Christ wants to be proclaimed, preached, spread... . Today's feast reminds us once again that we must take Christ and make him known in the heart of society, through example and word: in the family, in hospitals, in the university, in the office where we work....


Raise your eyes around you, look: your children come from far away? From far away, from every place and every situation in which they may find themselves, however distant they may seem to be from God. In our hearts resounds the invitation that years later the Lord will address to those who follow him: Go therefore and teach all nations… 

 It does not matter if our relatives, friends or companions are far away. God's grace is more powerful and, with his help, we can get them to join us in worshipping Jesus.

Let us not approach Jesus today empty-handed. He has no need of our gifts, for he is the Owner of all that exists, but he desires the generosity of our hearts so that he may be enlarged and receive more graces and goods. Today we place at his disposal the pure gold of charity: at least the desire to love him more, to treat everyone better; the incense of prayers and good works converted into prayer; the myrrh of our sacrifices which, united to the Sacrifice of the Cross, renewed in the Holy Mass, make us co-redeemers with him.


And when it comes to asking something of the Kings - because they are saints, who can intercede for us in Heaven - let us not ask them for gold, frankincense and myrrh for us; let us rather ask them to show us the way to find Jesus, close to his Mother, and for strength and humility so as not to falter in this undertaking, which is the most important.

When they had heard the king, they set out on their journey. And behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with immense joy

It is the incomparable joy of finding God, whom one has sought by all means, with all the strength of one's soul.

And when they entered the house, they saw the Child with Mary his Mother, and fell down and worshiped him; then they opened their coffers and offered him gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. These were gifts highly esteemed in the East. "And that same Child who accepted the gifts of the Magi remains always the One before whom all men and peoples "open their coffers", that is, their treasures.


Hablar con Dios