Pope Francis: “…The destiny of every person is symbolised in this journey of the Magi of the East: our life is a journey, illuminated by the lights which brighten our way…”
By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more.
Today, Sunday, January 6, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. The word ‘epiphany’ means ‘manifestation’. Symbolically, the three wise men/the Magi, who travelled from foreign lands, following the star faithfully and bringing gifts for the Christ-child, represent the fact that Christ came for everyone.
As Pope Francis has said: “On the feast of the Epiphany, we recall Jesus’ manifestation to humanity in the face of a child…The destiny of every person is symbolised in this journey of the Magi of the East: our life is a journey, illuminated by the lights which brighten our way, to find the fullness of truth and love which we Christians recognise in Jesus, the Light of the World…What is important is that we be attentive, alert, and listen to God who speaks to us… As the Psalm says in referring to the Law of the Lord: ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light tomy path’ (Ps 119:105). Listening to the Gospel, reading it, meditating on it and making it our spiritual nourishment especially allows us to encounter the living Jesus, to experience Him and His love.”
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