Posted by: livingscripture | January 4, 2015


From the Word of the Day star 5

“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 it rising and have come to do him homage’.”

                                                                                   (Matthew 2; 1-2)          

How should we live this Word?

Today is the feast of desiring and seeking, the feast of faith, as Blessed Paul VI loved to call it.  “It is a responsibility, that of faith, which is expressed above all in the search for Christ, for God, for the truth.  The magi sought a solution to make their thought converge with the historically real fact of the Messiah’s birth.  They sought the sign through vigilance and studying the heavens and also through observations from nature and the human sciences.  They sought it by using their time and sacrificing their tranquillity.  They sought it and found it in joy and humility.  They sought and find in order to adore and to give, happy to offer and disappear”. (January 6, 1957)

The Magi tell us that “We need to seek God.  The ignorance, inertia, indifference, agnosticism, systematic doubt, refined annoyance, spiritualism, the reduction of knowing to merely knowledge from our senses and rational evidence, and many other expressions of modern ‘lack of religious spirit’ are accused by the Magi of the abdication by human thought of its principle goal, of the first duty of life – to know God.”

The Magi of the Gospel were men of honest intellect!  In their search for truth, they found and recognized the Truth and they were not ashamed to place humans in their truest place, on their knees before their Creator and Lord!

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I too will seek the Lord like the Magi, confident that I will find Him and once found, I will keep the desire to seek Him, because once humans have arrived at this goal, then they are at the beginning.

Lord, grant me the ardent desire to seek You always and to cling to You with all my strength in the knowledge that You are holding me close to Yourself as well. 

The voice of Socrates, a Seeker of Truth

A life without seeking is not worthy to be lived.


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