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An Epiphany Reflection

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.  On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  (Matt. 2:9-11).

Pointers for Prayer

 

  • What is the star (the vision, hope or purpose) which lights up your journey?
  • Like the wise men, our life journey is not one we travel alone. Who are the people who share your life journey now?   
  • The wise men travelled bearing gifts. What gift do you bring with you on the journey?
  • At times the wise men lost sight of the star. What clouds have obscured your star?
  • Who, or what, might be Herod for you now? What forces, within or without, could subvert your dream or goal?

Prayer

Lord God of the nations,

we have seen the star of your glory

rising in splendour.

The radiance of your incarnate Word

pierces the darkness that covers the earth

and signals the dawn of peace and justice.

Make radiant the lives of your people

with that same brightness,

and beckon all the nations

to walk as one in your light.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

in the splendour of eternal light,

God for ever and ever. Amen.

Adapted from scripture notes by Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA -website tarsus.ie

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