Do You See What I See?

The liturgy goes slowly through the mysteries of Christ, because  we can’t know them  in a few minutes or a few hours of worship, not in a day. It takes time, a lifetime.

And so we prolong the Epiphany feast for a week in our liturgy, hoping to see what the Magi saw.

“In choosing to be born for us, God chose to be known by us. He therefore reveals himself in this way, in order that this great sacrament of his love may not be an occasion for us of great misunderstanding.

Today the Magi find, crying in a manger, the one they have followed as he shone in the sky. Today the Magi see clearly, in swaddling clothes, the one they have long awaited as he lay hidden among the stars.

Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body. As they look, they believe and do not question, as their symbolic gifts bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die.

So the Gentiles, who were the last, become the first: the faith of the Magi is the first fruits of the belief of the Gentiles.” (St.Peter Chrysologus)

The Magi came searching; their questions seek answers. For now, their questions rest  “in deep wonder”  before the Child.

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