Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Christ brings joy!
An excerpt from Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV)
When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
Reflection from Ana Soonthornsima:
The Wise Men broke out of their routine and comfort to go in search of joy and the Divine.
As our boys were growing up, my sister and her family would drive to stay with us during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Our boys would follow their journey on a map, like storm trackers, as my sister called to update us on their progress. As the travelers neared our home, our boys would be giddy with joy and waiting outside to run to their cousin as soon as he emerged from the car. There were loud hellos as they ran towards each other with open arms, hugged and fell to the ground with youthful exuberance. To this day, they still greet one another in the same manner.
Christ brings joy in different forms to each of us. To me, it is family!
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 69:1-5, 30-36; Isaiah 41:14-20; John 1:29-34
“The Three Kings”
Music by Healey Willan, text by Lawrence Housman
“Who knocks tonight so late?” the weary porter said.
Three kings stood at the gate, each with a crown on head.
The serving man bowed down; the inn was full, he knew.
Said he, “In all this town is no fit place for you.”
A light the manger lit: there lay the Mother meek.
Said they, “This place is fit: here is the rest we seek!”
They loosed their latchet strings; so stood they all unshod.
Come in, ye Kings! And kiss the feet of God.