Encountering the truth/ Divine

Dear friends: Epiphany means manifestation of the Lord. In recent years the census shows that there is a sharp rise in the number of people who don’t belong to any religious faith. Yet there is still hunger for meaning of our lives, even among those who reject the existence of God. Some people try to find it in their relationships; others look to art and music etc.

What does this story of the magi have to say to about our search? They arrive at Bethlehem and offer Jesus their homage, but they need all sorts of help to get there. First of all, there is their own wisdom and expertise, but that led them as far as Jerusalem. They needed the help of King Herod, who told them to go Bethlehem; he in turn needed the expertise of the chief priests and the scribes, who had studied the scriptures and so, knew where the Messiah was to be born. So it is with us in our own search for the meaning of our lives.

First of all we Christians have the wisdom of our scriptures, the word of God. We come to know the person of Jesus Christ. We listen to the wise and holy men and women who have the rich experience of encountering God. We also listen to the church’s teachings, the Magisterium. St Paul tells the Ephesians, “that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, namely that the mystery was made known to me by revelation”.

Finally, we believe that the child born in Bethlehem is the truth for which the human heart hungers. Like the magi, we need to be attentive to the truth wherever it is to be found, for which ultimately it is one in Him who said I am the truth. We have already celebrated the first coming of Christ at Christmas. Did we re encounter Him or was it just a celebration of parties and presents? As we enter a new year in the civic calendar let us make strong resolutions to seek and find the divine truth.

Fr Jerome Mascarenhas

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