“For we’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.” (Matthew 2:2, Common English Bible).
I get the sense that the Magi were very contemplative men. They each saw this star that was unusual to them. They did not take it at face value alone. They sensed that there was more to it. They saw the star as drawing them to seek something much more significant than the star. The star must have woken something in their hearts to leave their distant lands to look for whatever the star was pointing to. It was not just a visual or metaphysical phenomena. It was illuminating something wonderful, important and life-changing. They would never see the world the same way again.
If we read Saint Matthew’s Gospel chapter 2 a little further we read:
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. They opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
Additionally, I get the sense that once they found out where the star was leading them; the joy from within came from knowing that what they contemplated within themselves became a living reality. They knew where the true treasures of their hearts belonged. In response, they handed over all that was valuable to them materially and symbolically to the God who manifested God’s Self in Christ.
Today, God continues to manifest God’s presence in and through the many symbols and signs of the world. God uses them to call us to seek union with Christ from the inside out. God radiates the Light of God’s Son, Jesus the Christ into our hearts so that we may see the best of what God has for us; so that the treasured love of Christ within us can reflect from our hearts to a world of darkness and doubt.
How is God seeking to manifest Christ through us today?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB