Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:7-12
The scholars from the East went to great lengths to find what God was doing. They weren’t satisfied with merely getting close to Bethlehem; they came to worship and to honor Jesus as well.
They had many opportunities to cut short their pursuit. They could have simply noted that a new star appeared in the skies and never packed their bags to embark on a journey. Or, after arriving in Judea, they could have held back from asking about a new king. Or, upon seeing the Child in Bethlehem, they could have just basked in the satisfaction that their adventure was complete. But their mission was more than a sightseeing trip. The Magi had come to worship. So, they presented their gifts to Mary and bowed down to worship Jesus. And in this they became more than observers. They became participants in God’s plan as they helped to protect the child from harm and left without telling Herod about him.
The many activities around us today in and outside the church can distract us from worshiping the King. We can focus so much on decorations, attire, gifts, miracles, prophecies and other parties that we miss the main thing. A lot of people come to Mass carnally, just observing and being carried away by the gestures and ceremonial or external dimensions of the liturgy that they miss the true devotion which the external signs calls us to. Some are excessively keen on observing the externalities without allowing the liturgical symbols to connect them to the spiritual which the symbols signify. The Magi followed the sign of the star to discover Jesus; the liturgical symbols and gestures are like the star that leads us to worship Jesus. The Magi moved from following the physical star to worshiping the Bright Morning Star. When the making of the Sign of the Cross does not lead you to an encounter with the Wounded Messiah who died on the Cross, know that you have missed the point. When the holy images and pictures do not awaken a spiritual consciousness of divine presence around you, know that you have not gotten it right.
By taking time to worship and honor Jesus in the Mass, we become more than mere observers of what happened long ago. We can participate in continuing the work God has done for us on the Cross of Calvary.
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Gen 18:1-15; Ps Lk 1:46-47.48-126.96.36.199-55. (R.54b); Accl. Mt 8:17; Mt 8:5-17 B.V.M
- Thank God for His word today
- Ask for forgiveness for the times you have failed to worship God in spirit and in truth.
- Pray for the grace to worship in truth and spirit
- Lord Jesus, give me the clarity to realize that my deepest longings can be satisfied only by Your presence. In Your name. Amen.
Exercise: Join the Daily Strength Devotional Prayer Network (DSPN) every Tuesday in a midnight prayer Session
Time: 1:00am – 2:00am
Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber
DSPN Prayer Points:
- Pray for all users of DSD seeking the fruit of the womb especially those known to you.
- Pray against every evil altar of sickness raised against you and your family, let it be destroyed by Fire.
- Pray as the Spirit directs you.
Meditation: John 4:23