We celebrate this Sunday the Feast of the Epiphany. While the origins of the magi, also known as the three wise men or the three kings, remains mysterious. What they all shared in common was a belief that creation was speaking to them. They looked to the language of the stars hoping that they would reveal what the Creator was up to. One star stood out to them and they followed it to Bethlehem.
The beauty of creation draws our minds to a deeper appreciation of our Creator. Creation has the capacity to lift our hearts to the Lord. When we see a beautiful sunset, gaze upon the stars, or listen to beautiful music, our hearts are elevated. This encounter with the beauty of creation has led to a natural human response - worship. However, such worship needed to be enlightened. We do not worship the sun, the moon, or the stars. The sun, moon and stars are not eternal things. These celestial objects have a beginning and an end. Instead, the wise worship, the Creator of the sun, of the moon and of the stars who has no beginning and no end.
The magi's love of the stars led them to Bethlehem where they encountered the Son of God "through whom all things were made." A star led them to Jesus who reveals our Creator as our Father. The magi's love of the stars was transformed into the love of God. And so, after encountering Christ, the magi were changed. They departed for their country "by another way." They had met Jesus and they never looked at the stars the same way again.
God bless, Fr. ScottBACK TO LIST