I never fully realized just how many stars can light up a sky until my time in Africa. On any given night, by simply stepping outside of our small convent in Kingala Matele, in the Congo, you would be treated to a breath- taking view of hundreds of these tiny lights. I can only imagine the sheer joy of the Magi discovering one out-shining all the others that would lead them on a search to find the newborn King of the Jews.
Their journey was long yet guided. And it took all the courage and determination they had to not give up hope and avoid stumbling blocks along the way. But in time, God’s time, they were greatly rewarded for their eyes beheld the gift of the Christ child in the flesh. And that ‘gift’ was extended beyond Israel. God cannot be contained by one people, one nation. Christ the Light was given for all on that sacred night; given for all seekers.
Our Christian journey is like that of the Magi. No, there will not be stars in the heavens to gaze upon, direct, or guide us but within each and everyone of us God’s Spirit will show us the way to the fullness of life.
And on route manifestations of God’s will for us will be discovered through family, work, community. As we diligently search, we recognize him in the everydayness of life; in the simplest of our brothers and sisters; on dark and rainy days as well as sun filled ones.
There will always be challenges and setbacks on route and choices to make but not without the in-breaking of God’s wisdom to help us.
The journey is long….a life time of searching. And we will be tempted to try other paths, to veer off course. But for those who are not faint hearted, but steadfast, and faithful, the reward is eternal: beholding the face of God forever.
- Sister Ann Marie Grasso
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