“Lord, every nation on earth will adore you” (Ps 72:11).
The magi, also referred to as the wise men, came from the East, from the land where the sun rises, to pay
homage to Jesus. It is clear they are not from Israel but from the gentile world. They came seeking Jesus, the Messiah who will deliver all people held in darkness of sin, both Jewish and gentiles alike. On one hand, the
Magi came bearing gifts from a far distance place and bowed down in worship to Jesus when they came into his presence. On the other hand, Herod’s wise men who helped the wise men identify the location of the Messiah-King, did not go and pay him homage. They chose not to adore the Lord, the savior of humankind.
This past Monday, we had our parish monthly adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist. A relatively good number were in attendance to offer worship to Jesus. Like the wise men, they offered gifts of their time, mind and body. They defied the harsh weather to pay homage to Jesus who revealed himself to us under the sacred species. Our knowledge and acceptance of Jesus as the incarnate word of God must lead to his worship. As Jesus revealed himself to us through his Incarnation and in other amazing ways, our minds, hearts, spirit, soul and body must yield to him in worship. The Eucharist is one of the extraordinary ways Jesus shows himself to all peoples from all over the world. In the Eucharist, Jesus makes himself present so that we may offer ourselves to him in worship and become united with him. In our encounter with Jesus in worship, we receive grace upon grace to help us live a holy life.
Jesus awaits us daily in the Eucharist. The word who became flesh and made his dwelling among us invites us to seek him and worship him. When we worship him in truth and in spirit, when we are devoted to him in
Eucharistic adoration, we can say we are following in the steps of the Magi, the wise ones who endured hardship and long journey to surrender themselves to the Lordship of Jesus. We are part of the nations, the gentiles who have been blessed by the revelation of God-man whose purpose is to save all from darkness of sin and death. Let us make a firm resolution this year to come adore Jesus frequently, Jesus, our redeemer, whose epiphany we celebrate today.
Can you make a resolution with the aid of God’s grace to attend masses on all Sundays and holy days of
obligation in year 2023? Will you intentionally seek the light of faith by assiduous study of the bible and
Catechism of the Catholic Church this year? Let’s do it. Let is adore Jesus.
In Christ’s Light,
Fr. Bernard Oniwe, OP