The Great Light guiding the Magi to Christ encountered the brightest Light of all-Christ the Lord, in the manger at Bethlehem.
Saint André Bessette’s long life of prayer, suffering and healing concluded on this very day, January 6, 1937. He responded to the Light of Christ by living a life of profound prayer and adoration.
If you think about it, there were three groups of people responding to the Epiphany at Christ’s birth, to the Light of Christ:
The first group was headed by Herod and this group sought to eliminate the Light of Christ. They are still present in our world.
A second group are led by the priests and the scribes, who ignored Him and they too are active in our world, ignoring the Light of Christ, living by their own self-centered light.
The third group include the humble Shepherds and the Magi who responded to the Light by coming to adore the new born Child.
This year, let the Light of Christ give a new direction to our lives. Just as the Magi went home changed and by another route, we can choose a better way of life, abstaining from proud and selfish thoughts, evil habits and sinful ways.
Finally, we can become stars ourselves that lead others to Christ by our deeds and way of life, by removing the darkness of evil around us and radiating Jesus’ pure love for others.
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.