The Path of Life

The Path of Life

Sunday, January 4, 2015

An interesting question

Here is something to ponder on this Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, and as we prepare during these first days of 2015 to enter (next week) into Ordinary Time.

In the Old Testament, the very first question God asks fallen humanity is this: “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9).

In the New Testament, the very first question is asked by humanity in search of salvation, as we heard in today’s Gospel reading: “Where is the newborn king?” (Matthew 2:2).

Isn’t that interesting? In essence, those two questions highlight the message of the whole of Scripture. God seeks out fallen humanity, desiring us to return to him—the theme of the entire Old Testament. Meanwhile, fallen humanity, in genuine search of salvation, seeks out our Creator. God and humanity (whether we all know it or not), both desire reconciliation and communion with one another, as it was in the beginning.

The solution to this question, this common desire, is provided by God himself, and is revealed in the object of the Magi’s search: “Where is the newborn king?” Christ is the answer, the fulfillment of our desire—the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). In Christ we find reconciliation and the promise of communion, as it was in the beginning. In Christ, we find our origin, our identity, and our purpose. Like the Magi following the light of the star, we find direction and meaning amid darkness and difficulty when we fix our gaze on the newborn king, Emmanuel, who comes not to rule but to give light and life. He is our peace. This is the message of the entire New Testament.

When we sincerely look for Christ, we discover our true selves made in God’s image, and allow our Creator to see us naked and unashamed, as the light of Christ is magnified in us. “What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:3-5).

These same questions echo throughout time, calling out to each one of us. Where are you? Why do you hide? Come out, and follow the Light to eternal life. Seek and you will find. Where is the newborn king?

Think about it.

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