The readings for the past two weeks have been rich for reflection. On Sunday we celebrated Epiphany; the journey of the Magi from the East seeking Jesus, our newborn God. Ancient tradition believed that when anyone was born, a new star was created. So, with the birth of Jesus, we have a new star. These eastern astrologers recognized the specialness of this new star and thus sought out its destiny. They came bearing gifts for this special newborn. They were seekers of truth bringing presents, but it was Truth, the Present (Word made flesh) that sought them out.
The Truth seeks us also. We are used to making things happen in our culture. Many of us make resolutions at the beginning of a new year. We may resolve to lose weight, exercise more, pray intentionally every day, or attend Sunday Mass or other services more often. Unfortunately, by March we may experience failure. Even though our resolutions are made with good resolutions, perhaps we should focus less on the list of accomplishments and more on the One God who seeks us out with passion and gentle wooing. When we do this we are more open to experience being loved. The antidote to “doing” is to remember that our very “beings” are loved. How can we take this Love out into the world, which is so desperately in need of love, conversion, and forgiveness?