January 6, 2013

The Gospel Today

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Mt. 2: 1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

Reflection (Sem. Rolly C. Teng)

What struck me most in the Gospel today is when the Three Magi asked King Herod, “Where is the New Born King of the Jews?” It seems that the three wise men were looking for someone who is worthy to receive their gifts. They were looking for someone to worship and adore. As we all knew the three Magi offered three things to Jesus. They offered gold, frankincense and myrrh. These gifts were precious for the three wise men; they offered these gifts to Jesus without any hesitation and doubt. They really gave their best to look for Jesus who is the light, the newly born King of Israel.

Looking back on my vocation story, I had the same experience that of the Magi. For how many years did I look for my real vocation in life.  It took me eight years to finish my college and work for three years before responding to the call of Jesus. My love for God is overflowing that is why I was able to offer my life to Him. Like the Magi, they offered the precious things in their life and when they found Jesus they changed their way. We can see here that they did not go back to their previous life. They took another way, and lived happily after they have found Jesus.

Relating this to me, when I found Jesus in my life, I changed my previous way of life. If before I do not go to Holy Mass every day, now that I found Jesus, I attend Mass every day. If before I answer back immediately without thinking of the words I utter to my parents or other people, now I think first and answer them respectfully. Before I committed many sins, but now they were lessened because Jesus lives in me. With God’s grace, I am trying my best not to commit sin anymore. Through God’s mercy and love for me, I decided to change the route of my life. Like the Magi when they found Jesus they lived happily and changed their way of living, I too know that Jesus is with me, He is the Emmanuel, and He is the reason for the conversion of my life.

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