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.


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.

As we approach the great Solemnity of Christmas I have been pondering about the connection between Christmas and the Mass.  Here is what I’ve thought about:

1) Every Mass is a little Christmas.  The Word became flesh and dwelt among us or “pitched his tent among us”.  Isn’t that what happens at every Mass?  Heaven come to earth.  What a celebration and an encounter Mass is each time we attend (that is if we are open to the miracle of it).

2) Christ was born in Bethlehem which means “house of bread” and He was born in a manger fit not for a king but for animals.  His bed was a feeding trough.  Isn’t that interesting and actually providential.  Jesus Christ laid in a feeding trough upon his birth and is our bread of life that we feed upon every time we receive Him in Holy Communion.

O Come let us prepare our hearts to adore Him and receive Him with a soul that allows Him to take up His throne in our hearts!

In these final days of Advent let us reflect upon the great mysteries of Christ and the incarnation.  Fr. Francis Fernandez said in volume 1 of In Conversation with God:

“During these days it will be easy for us, by reading and meditating on the gospel, to contemplate the baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph in the manger at Bethlehem.  We will learn important lessons about detachment, humility and concern for other people.  The Shepherds will teach us the joy of finding God, and the wise men how we must adore him; we will feel that we have been given new strength to persevere in the following of our way.”

Come let us go forth and learn from the shepherds the joy of finding God and let us learn true wisdom from the wise men and be ready to adore Christ.