When I was in High School, I portrayed the lead role of the play “The Other Wise Man” which was shown in the University Church. While it happened quite some time ago, the lessons were never lost or forgotten. It speaks of how this fourth wise man engaged in a lifelong journey to find the Messiah, the difficulties, challenges and the details of which reveal this man’s dedication and commitment to searching and finding the Lord.
Searching for Jesus then is a journey that we all take. Some search Him early on, some search for Him at midlife, while others do not even get to hear about Him. Knowing that He existed isn’t enough, we should search for Him to know Him better and to love Him even more. Not that He needs our love for His sake, it is really more for our own good. As God who is perfect, He doesn’t need anything more to add to His Perfection and Power. For us though, we need to be able to understand Him well so that our lives will be offered only for Him and no one else.
While we know that despite what we’ll do, we can’t ever achieve something worthy of Heaven, His mercy and compassion will always be something we can pray and hope to gain. This is where we can count on His promises and draw strength and courage from His Spirit.
This Sunday’s Gospel (Mt. 2: 1-12) tells us,
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 its rising and have come to do him homage.”
The impact of the star rising must have been such that these wise men trekked all the way from the east to follow it and pay the newborn king homage. Travelling during the time wasn’t easy and it may have taken them several months from where they came from, riding in their camels. But the point is that, these wise men paid Him homage, regardless of the perils of the journey. God incarnate in Jesus Christ was manifested to the Gentiles through these wise men.
We all know what astrology is all about. We know that many depend on it to direct their lives in order to have good luck and fortune. A lot of Christians still use amulets and various accessories to bring in supposedly a better future and ward off evil spirits. Yet, these magi in the Gospel showed that there is more hope in Jesus Christ than astrology, stars and horoscopes. The wise men reveal that Jesus is the only True Star that which all mankind should follow and adore. No one else to deify but Jesus Christ!
Let us then reflect on the meaning of the Epiphany in our lives. Have we internalized the significance of Christ in the way we practice our faith?
Portraying the “Other Wise Man” in high school gave me a wonderful experience of knowing the Lord better. Still, I’m searching and following Jesus up to this day. The journey may be long and perilous, but I trust His Star will continue to be there to light the way.
“Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.” (Ps. 72: 11)