Journey

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

Like all of us, these astrologers too were in constant search after human fulfillment, but they believed that only in the Savior Jesus they could finally find what they had been searching for all their lives. We too are making our individual journeys, searching after something which alone will give meaning to our existence. Happily for us, by the gift of faith in Christ which we already possess, we have no doubt that we can find our perfect fulfillment only in Jesus.

But we need a guide for our spiritual journey as the Magi needed a star to guide them to Jesus. Our guiding star is obviously the divine teachings of Christ. The more truly we follow our Lord’s teachings in daily life, the more surely we will encounter Him, and the more easily He will be able to reveal Himself to us. How does the Lord reveal Himself to us? His ways are many. Whatever the way in which Jesus reveals Himself to us, the end result of His revelation will be the bursting of His divine light into the whole of our being, filling us with His peace and joy.

However, our journey towards a closer encounter with Christ will not always be smooth and easy; neither was it so for the Magi. As we start our journey on some road following our individual ‘vocation’ in life, following the teachings of Jesus as our guiding star, we may initially be attracted by a bright ideal or vision or hope. But when we are on our way, we must be ready to meet clouds that would blot out the light of faith and make us stumble and the darkness of faith may even discourage us from continuing our journey towards Christ. But we must not be discouraged or give up. We must keep going on. If we are daring enough to keep going forward, we will see that the darkness will pass and once again we would have the glimpse of the initial star that we saw when we set out on our journey.

When we encounter Jesus at any point in our journey, two things will happen. The first is that we will be moved to offer Him a gift. When we offer to Christ as our gift that something which is still holding us back from coming closer to God, we will be healed. And the second thing also will happen: Healed as we are, we will travel through life by a different route (Mt. 2:12), as the Magi did after adoring Jesus. That is, we will put away the worldly attitudes, values and goals which we might have thus far held dear and we will take on those of Christ, proclaiming by word and deed that Jesus is the Savior of the world.

 

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