|Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on January 9, 2016 at 4:50 AM|
“That changed my life inside out” she said. Becky was talking about the trip she undertook for last Christmas. Her friends agreed that her lifestyle was different now. For Christmas she had decided to go to a village in Guatemala rather than celebrate it here with family and friends. The family tried to dissuade her, but she was determined. It was a hard choice. Thus she spent the entire week of Christmas in a small village there in the midst of poverty and hunger, at the same time in great joy and peace. She returned as a joy-filled person. “It was different, a more authentic Christmas.” She had become more giving and more reaching out to others than before. “That was a turning point in my life’s pilgrimage” she said. Indeed, she was right. Christian life is a pilgrimage. And a true Christ experience, a genuine encounter with the baby Jesus, can alter that pilgrimage totally.
The magi’s experience was not different (Mt 2:1-12). These wise men’s journey took them through rugged lands and difficult people, like Herod, to the newborn king. Their encounter with the baby of Bethlehem was life changing. No more were they the same. The direction of their pilgrimage was changed and the route was altered as well. “They departed . . . by another way” (Mt 2:12).
The Epiphany of the Lord Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12