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Seeing Beyond the Horizon

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

A successful person was asked, “What is success?” He answered: “It is so simple. On one hand I have a vision; on the other, I have the obstacles. Which one would you choose? When you choose your vision, you are on the road to success.”

When asked further, “What is your formula for success?” He replied, “First, I never look at the distance of the vision; second, I give up everything for the vision.”

All of us want to succeed in our road to faith, don’t we? The Wise Men left their attachments and went on to a fatigue-filled journey beyond the horizon to search for the Messiah. We too must rise above our fears to leave behind our dependence on those things which we think we cannot do without. Fear arises from our insufficiency and vulnerability over the things we  depend on; that we can’t imagine losing.

Nevertheless, the way to faith is not without dependence. To go beyond dependence doesn’t mean to become self-sufficient. Rather, it is to dare to be open to the painful transition of  independence from a limited insight to dependence on new possibilities in God.

For how did the Wise Men free themselves from the worn-out belief that God would always be in the heavens? Could God be born and be born as a man? Or if that would be so, would God contain Himself to His so-called chosen people and never   bother about the Gentiles? Would God come for the righteous but punish the sinners?

These were biases that the Wise Men contended with when they were watching for a sign of the heavenly vision. In a world tyrannized by slavery, superstition and ignorance, the Wise Men removed their dark glasses to be able to see the radiance of the light of Christ.

Epiphany means a bright and radiant apparition, a shinning manifestation. The prophet Isaiah says, “See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds, the peoples. But upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears His glory.”  Christ’s epiphany to the world means that God’s love is not only directed to a  country or certain people, but to all humans. It is a universal salvation, that “in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews, members of the same body and sharers of the promise through the preaching of the Gospel” (Eph. 3:5-6).

Lastly, we are but smaller stars that must radiate our light to people around us.

Eventually, the movement is not towards us but, all together, towards the star of the stars at the altar of God. If God is    behind the stars in the sky, there can be no stars in life if there are no humans shinning to give light to others. And how can we remain shinning if not for the very light of Jesus that radiates the hope and the courage for us to see beyond the horizon.

 

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