Today is the first Sunday of the year and of the month of January 2013. Let us altogether welcome the new Sunday of the year with this worth-reading Gospel from the holy Bible.
Matthew 2: 1-12 — The Visit of the Magi
1 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of the King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They said to him, “Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:/ 6 ‘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.’ “/
7 Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of star’s appearance. 8 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.” 9 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. 10 They were overjoyed at seeing the star, 11 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. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
Today’s Gospel reminds us how much time did we spend searching for God, for the Christ. In search for Him, did we ever surrender ourselves to Him? Or did we surrender searching for Him? Like the magi, they did not stop looking where Jesus Christ was born even though they just followed one (1) star, no GPS, no digital maps. And though a warning for them thru dreams were sent, they still go through moving, they went home but on the different ways. With just these things, hope that we all have the courage and determination to search for God and to follow God’s road. God bless us all!