Today is the day that many Easter Rite Catholics and Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  In the Western Church the Feast has been moved to the second Sunday after Christmas.

My twin brother is a non-denominational pastor.  He shared with me that on the Sunday after Christmas he was going to preach on the 3 wise men and how they had an interruption in their lives.

I had never thought of it that way before, however I began to think about what this interruption would have meant to them.   I think we can learn a few lessons from the journey of the 3 Wise Men/Magi as disciple of the Lord.

The wise men were going about their normal everyday lives when rather suddenly they were inspired by the appearance of the star to travel to Jerusalem (Mt. 2:1).  They were then summoned by King Herod who wanted to know if they knew the whereabouts of the new king?  They shared what they knew and Herod sent them on a journey – not the kind of journey Herod or the wise men expected (cf. Mt. 2: 2-8).

Lesson #1: If we are willing to obey our superiors or those in authority, God will use us and reveal Himself more fully to us, because of our obedience.

The Wise Men came upon the Manger where the star shinned high above and found the source of the world’s salvation and the King of Kings (Mt. 2:10-11).

Lesson #2: When we are lead to God and what is holy, may we take the time to give Him Homage and rejoice at encountering Him and/or His creation? It is also important to note that the light of the star lead them to Christ.  The light of Christ leads us.  May Him who is the “light that shines in the darkness” (Jn. 1:5) guide us along our spiritual journey.

3. The Scriptures tell us that “they went home by another way” (cf. Mt. 2:12). They knew that Herod was not sincerely out to welcome this new King or give homage, therefore they went back home by another way.  They left completely transformed by their encounter with Jesus, the Word made flesh.

Lesson #3: Allow yourself to be transformed by the day to day interruptions in your life and journey forward knowing that God is drawing you more deeply to Himself.

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Through the divine interruption that the Wise Men/Magi had, their lives were never the same.  May we have the willingness  and openness to God’s divine interruptions in whatever way He deems fit for our lives.

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