Where do we seek wisdom?

By Anne Shepard, OSB

Editor's note: Sisters from Mount St. Scholastica write a weekly column titled "View from the Mount" in our hometown newspaper, the Atchison Globe. this column appeared in the Jan. 19 edition of the Globe.

Sister Anne Shepard

Last week in this column, I shared some reflections for the new year based on my reading about the encounter of the Magi with the newborn king, and what comes after. I would like to offer a few more to launch us from our celebration of the Christmas holidays into our life in ordinary time.

Sister Dianne Bergant, in the book "Preaching the New Lectionary: Year A," says, "In Jesus, the Messiah who came a servant, the creative majesty of God is revealed in its premier form and all creation is made new. Walls of enmity tumble, and all people are bound together in the peace of Christ. We, who are baptized, share in this new creation and in the responsibility of declaring the good news...It is through us that God re-crates society. Like Paul, we bring the good news of the gospel to all people. The Christmas season ends with us facing our challenge to be participants in the servant Messiahship of Jesus." 

What walls of enmity must crumble inyour life? How do you declare the good news in your family? In your work? In your church? How are you a servant leader for Christ?

She continues, "Jesus was born a powerless king of the Jews, the title that will be ironically nailed to the humble throne of his cross...The magi are the suprising seeing ones, guided by their own desire to seek wisdom and by nature's partial revelation in the star that rises in the east. In that city they learn where they will find the child from the special revelation of God's word and wisdom to Israel."

Where do you seek wisdom?

The challenge to us, "As we gaze on the magi and hear their story, we are mindful of strangers that come to our own place, not in rich robes but usually in the poverty of contemporary seekers and stargazers: the refugees and asylum-seekers from many nations, those tired of hypocrisy and disillusioned about political mongering, the young who want a star to rise in their lives that's work the following even though the journey may be difficult,the old and middle-aged who still dream of something more to enliven them?"

How do you help the young find a star in the lives that's worth following? 

In the book "Building on Rock: Welcoming the Word in Year A," Sister Verna Holyhead reminds us, "The Christmas season is over but the epiphany of its mystery must lead us to make more than just a courtesy call to the crib. It must draw us into a lifelong and hadrd but joyous journey toward the vision of a new space and reconcile humanity in Chritist; to a personal experience of a birth, death, and the resurrection. ...The Church does not want us to forget our joy at the birth of Jesus, that reminds us that to be true to this we need to be reborn and renewed every day in the spirit of Jesus. We need to go forward to the weeks of the year as (ones) on whom the baptismal water is never dry, as those who will work for justice, for right relationship with God and with one another, as people who will be impartial in our love, and gently generous in our service."

How do you work for justice? What are your efforts at right relationship? Are you impartial in your love? Are you open to treating all with love as God does?

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