Isaiah 60:1-6 ~ Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
Paul to Ephesians ~ Brothers and Sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.
Gospel according to St. Matthew: 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.
How often has the most profound prayer
come amidst upheaval or crushing poverty or oppression?
I have been quite blessed;
I never worry about my food
better shelter than my Lord, Jesus
The poor struggle, but still fast and sacrifice better than I
In Iraq, in Africa, in Korea, in Okinawa, in Cuba, in death of loved ones,
All places of my upheaval,
and yet I had prayer and pondering most exquisite
like a great wine,
Praying in chaos…
“Walking beneath the moon and utter hatred in Fallujah
You, o Beloved, grasped my hand if not my heart and soul,
and saved me from despair.
You nurtured my burnt ashes and You fixed my broken compass.
Changed direction, or at least calmed my temper tantrum.
Discovered resources on my ship that I failed to recognize
Fished for desperate food
and then fished for sport and amazement
Jesus, you are wonderful to travel with.
When I was overjoyed at seeing your star…
basically only the light of your reality and truth,
I thought I saw the best of You.
But then when I saw you, like the wise ones,
for the first time all over again,
Baby in the manger with Mary, your mother…
I went prostrate and did you homage
and then opened the treasury of my heart and soul…
that inmost treasure you gave me out of love,
And offered it to You, my Beloved.
Your hand firmly placed on my shoulder
“Do not be afraid!”
And we walked down the mountain together as brothers and lovers
We returned to our home another Way
Wisdom is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness,
And she, who is one, can do all things,
and renews everything while herself perduring;
And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.