The Feast of the Epiphany tells us, no matter how dark things may be, God’s light will always shine. The First Reading tells us: For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. The question to ask is: Who are those who are in darkness? In the historical sense, Isaiah was speaking to the people of God who were in exile. They had been thrown into their enemies’ nation to serve them. They have lost their Temple and God’s presence is not seen. They were in spiritual darkness because for them, God has left them.
Today, there are people who live away from God. These reject God perhaps out of ignorance or perhaps out of malice. Yet, God's light will shine when they turn back to God. It used to be that only Israel were considered heirs of God. But with the coming of Jesus, even those who are not of Israel are heirs of God. God loves them and his light also shines on them. Even those who do not know God can find him, as seen in the Gospel today. The Magi were pagans who worship other gods. They were probably well learned among their people. And they were continuously searching for the truth, and they found it, or to be more exact, they found him: Jesus.
The interesting thing is they went to Jerusalem because the king of the Jews was supposed reside in Jerusalem. Matthew tells us: When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him. Herod asked the chief priests and scribes where the new born King of Jews was. When the chief priests and scribes told them the King would be born in Bethlehem, the Magi left to see him. Herod however told them to come back when they found the new born King so he can worship him. Herod said this because he planned to kill the baby because he was threatened by this baby.
We see three kinds of people: The Magi, who searched diligently for the truth. The Chief Priests and scribes who knew the truth. Herod who was frightened of the truth. Of these three only the ones who searched for the truth found the truth. The Chief priests and scribes knew the truth but did nothing. Herod was frightened by the truth and sought to kill it. Ironically, the ones who found the Truth were pagans.
This means that when we seek Jesus, we will find him. It does not matter if we are living in darkness, in sin, in guilt, in shame or in despair. The important thing is we sincerely seek him. And when we seek him, we will find him, or taking from what St Paul said in the Second Reading, he will be revealed. Are you searching for peace? Are you seeking for forgiveness for your sins? Search for Jesus and like the Magi, you will find him.
Lord, as this new year begins, I seek some answers to my questions. I know I may not find the answers but I will find you. Open my heart, so I may see what you are revealing to me. I seek you Lord, let me find you.