Reflection for the Feast of Epiphany, by S. Andre Burkhart, OSF

epiphanyFirst Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6

Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

The recounting of the journey of the Magi, aka Kings, aka astronomers, is a marvelous visual as you have the Word proclaimed to you.  You see that the Magi left their familiar environment to see and honor a Jewish King.  They followed their star with faith and courage.  Never looking back at what was but at what was before them.

Similarly, just 162 years ago a young woman left her homeland to follow her star, her dream.  She had no idea if it would be successful or not.  However, her trust in God was deep and it paid off.  What that laborious and tedious journey would lead her to in the years to come she had no idea, but she decided to follow the star.  Just as the Magi came bearing gifts fit for a King so Theresa (founder of the Oldenburg Franciscans) came with her gifts of faith, dedication and wisdom.  She had a goal–a dream of what could be!

As you contemplate the profound yet simple message of the gospel for today ask God to enlighten you with the foresight and courage that energized the Magi and Mother Theresa.  The Magi were stifled and could not celebrate; they had to return home by another way.  It was difficult to share their experience.  Mother Theresa on the other hand, celebrated by bringing new life to Oldenburg and gifting it with the Sisters of St. Francis.  What can you do to renew and recharge your spirit to proclaim the message of Peace?  What new places or locations can you journey to and spread the Good News?!

Andre’ Burkhart, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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