Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Reflection for Sunday January 4, Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord; Matthew 2:1-12

Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
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. When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea for thus it has been written through the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah are by no means least among the rulers of Judah since from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel. Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures  and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod they departed for their country by another way.
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Reflection:
Are you yearning for the presence of Jesus in your life? What do you do when you are yearning for Jesus? Do you read your bible and meditate on His living words? Do you go to church for Holy Mass or to be with Him in the Adoration Chapel?  

We’ve searched for Jesus one way or another and our search for Him has always bore fruit for Jesus never hides Himself from us. HE would always be there for us once we diligently search for Him. And once we encounter Him we will never be the same person for He will change and complete us according to His will.

The three magi in our gospel were searching for Jesus also, but why were they searching for the baby Jesus? Of course we all know that they have something special to give to Jesus.  But aside from their gifts that they want to offer to HIM, why were they searching for HIM?

They were searching for Jesus because something was deeply missing in their life and this missing link could only be filled once they find Jesus. So they thoroughly searched and searched they went to Jerusalem they asked for HIM there. Until they were guided by the star to Bethlehem and there they found the baby Jesus and they paid homage by giving HIM their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

But this is not the end of the story for when they found Jesus they also found inner healing that nobody could do to them except Jesus. So they went home without anymore emptiness and missing link in their life.

Is there emptiness in your life? Look for Jesus for He will fill your emptiness. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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