What Gift(s) Will I Bring? Praise! Being Present! Peace!

I wonder how long did it take for the Wise Kings to find Jesus? Thinking because of the age of the innocents who were martyred by King Herod at least 2 years.  Sadly it takes me longer but I am on the journey.

In my searching I have gone out-of-the-way, from Louisiana to Saint Louis.. wondering how far would I go if God were calling?  And although I like to think I have given Him all my gifts, I still wonder what gift should I bring today?

And I wonder about Herod, he could have joined the search but instead wanted the magi to report back in order to destroy the King?  Herod wanted all the power.  I wonder if he had journeyed with the wise men and followed the star and see baby Jesus if he would have converted once he saw the baby.

I am inspired by the magi following the Star, not knowing where it would take them and together taking the long pilgrimage to find this newborn King. By following the star, and by stopping to ask questions about this newborn King _ they were able to worship Jesus and give Him gifts.   It makes sense to me to have my wise praying friends and Church with me on my journey!   And I believe they also received the Holy Spirit as they were guided back home avoiding Herod’s quest for power.  Even though it didn’t stop Herod’s will to do harm to others.

Today, I am reflecting on finding Jesus, praising Him and in keeping peace.  I woke up with the feeling of keeping peace by being peaceful.  Not saying anything negative about anyone (including every human).  It is easy to get caught up in the world, where judgements of others and the desire to silence the New Born King is an option everyday.  Easy to find fault.  But the feeling  to be at peace with everyone (even to the point of loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us (Luke 6).

My only mission today on the journey is to praise God and to give God the gifts I have to give. If I don’t find Jesus, then look for the signs pointing to Him, ask the questions of those who know Him.

The magi didn’t return to the person in power but returned home in peace knowing they worshipped God and gave him their gifts.  Unfortunately, it didn’t stop Herod from ordering the killing of innocent babies.  Each human has a choice to make, be a person of peace or a person of worldly power.

Always in need of more reflection, more conversation with the Creator, Savior and Guide. Come Holy Spirit, Come!  In the meantime, I choose peace.

 

Matthew 2:1-18

The Visit of the Magi. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.  They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt. When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.  He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

The Massacre of the Infants. When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

“A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.”

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