Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
2000 years ago astronomy and astrology were essentially the same thing. Seers and wise men would look to the stars for answers to the most profound questions and to have glimpses into the future. The magi we follow on Epiphany were no different, except they focused on one star, the Star of Bethlehem that led them to the child, Jesus. Their lives and the lives of all humanity were forever changed. Representing all the nations of the world, they showed that the love of God, offered perfectly in the tiny Savor, was meant for everyone. The Gospel is a catholic or universal message, meant for all people at all times and in all places.
So often we wander through life aimlessly, figuratively looking to the stars for direction and answers. On Epiphany, we remember only one star leads us to find our hearts’ true desire. As the magi were willing to leave their lives of comfort behind, may we find the strength to leave everything behind that prevents us from finding Jesus and discovering his plan for us.