The Epiphany: Chasing Stars | One-Minute Homily

What is it that leads you closer to Christ? Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, reflects on the Epiphany, when the Magi were led to Jesus by a star. Based on the readings for January 5, 2019.

Look up! Go on, look up! Can you find your star?!

Hello! I’m Damian Torres-Botello and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them.” And boy did it! And those magi found the child Jesus lying in a manger. What do you find when you look up?

Today’s Gospel is all about people being attracted to a star to find the fullness and glory of life only Christ can give. And in order for these magi to follow their star they had to step outside of themselves, leave their comfort zone, and go to unfamiliar places. And they did this with such trust!

Have you discerned the star you follow? And where does this star lead you? For the magi, their star led them to a person in a place most unanticipated. An infant king. In a stable.

This Gospel encourages a humble following towards the glory of God manifested where we least expect it. Sometimes a star leads us to be a light for others; sometimes a star is difficult to see, hard to follow. But always, the star is there, leading us graciously and lovingly, inviting us more clearly, deeply, and nearer to God.

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