By Sr. Roberta Treppa
January 6 is the traditional date for the Feast of the Epiphany, the day
that the Magi came face-to-face with the Christ child. Led by the light
of a star, they journeyed through the desert to meet their King.
As I reflect on the journey of the three wise men, I think about the
star-the light that led them to Jesus. The magi traveled at night, and
their only source of light to keep them from stumbling came simply from the
stars in the heavens, and one star in particular.
No distractions…Just the stars and companions to lead the way.
Today, we are inundated with light...so much man-made light that we often
cannot see the natural lights in the heavens.
Distractions abound in our daily journey to
find Christ-in experiences, people, even in ourselves sometimes. Things
like peer pressure, media, and personal expectations are modern-day tempters
and distractions. Catchy commercials and snazzy signs draw our attention
to the gods of our time such as possessions and power. They are
all-too-frequent experiences that can blind us to the presence of-or even
But we are also blessed to have true lights in our lives-mentors, spiritual
directors, family and friends who help us see Christ and journey each day
closer to Him. I am grateful for those in my life who are models of
the faith, spiritual companions, and Sisters in Community. These are my
"stars" who light the way, who draw my attention to finding Christ in
Epiphanies happen every day. I am constantly being led to the Christ
child, as obscure as His existence may seem sometimes. But He is
there...He is HERE-in the child, in the elderly, in the poor I encounter each
day, in experiences and in myself. I need only to seek, and I will find Him.
I am a seeker, seeking Christ
I am a gift-bearer, offering myself
I am blessed…to have encountered Him.