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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 5, 2020

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SUNDAY, January 5                           2 Christmas

Matthew 2:10-11 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.

Imagine the euphoria of the Magi when they first behold Christ. Seeing God incarnate, they are overwhelmed with joy.

We are called to follow in their footsteps, to rejoice with that same fervor and zeal. Our spiritual journey, the focused walk of our lives of faith, follows the light of Christ into the quiet center of our being. We find the holy babe swaddled within ourselves.

Like the Magi, we bring gifts. Our personal encounter with Jesus calls for something far more valuable—and costly—than precious metal and oils. Christ desires nothing less than all our love, talents, toil, and treasure. We bring these gifts to the manger at the center of our being and lay them at the feet of Christ. We gift all of who we are to serve and build God’s kingdom.

MOVING FORWARD: Research the visit of the Magi to Jesus. How would you respond in their place?

PRAY for the Diocese of Gloucester (England)

Ps 84 or 84:1-8 | Jeremiah 31:7-14 | Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a | Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 or Luke 2:41-52 or Matthew 2:1-12

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