Friday, January 6, 2012

Epiphany










Journey of the Magi by Francesco Pesellino c 1446-47
In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez is a series of books with daily mediations on the readings at mass. My friend Michelle gave me Volume 4 in June 2001.  In 2006 I began reading it seriously and it has provided so much spiritual "food for the journey."

I would like to share some of the ideas from pg 319-322 Volume 1 of  In Conversation with God for today's feast of the Epiphany, celebrated on Sunday January 8th in the Roman rite.

"And thereupon certain wise men came out of the East to Jerusalem." Matthew 2:1.

"The occupation of these wise men-that of studying the stars-was the circumstance used by God to make them see His will. God called them by what was most familiar to them."

" The journey must have been long and difficult but they persevered on their way. These men, determined and with none of what we might call worldly respect, teach us what we have to do to reach Jesus-leave aside everything that can lure us from the way or hold us up on our journey."

"The life of faith is a life of sacrifice. Our Christian vocation does not take us away from our place in the world, but requires us to cast aside anything that would get in the way of God's Will. The light that has just begun to shine is only a beginning. We have to follow it if we want it to shine as a star and then like the sun."

"The whole road of our life is a road towards Jesus. It is a road we have to travel by the light of faith. Faith will lead us, whenever necessary, to ask and let ourselves be guided, to be docile."

I love this painting by Pesellino showing a journey by boat. Most art depicts the journey by camel over sand. It is interesting to think that the Magi had to travel in several ways, camel, boat, even foot to reach Jesus.

Be sure to bless your house today (see my post on Jan 2.)

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