Homily for January 8th, 2006.
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Father William Marrevee, s.c.j.
Amazing the number of studies and theories that have been devoted to tracking down the star that the Gospel story talks about. Some of these suggest that the story has to do with an unusual comet that appeared in the sky some 2000 years ago. Others theorize about some sort of conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that may have occurred some 2000 years ago. And, of course, more recently others speculate about the star being a UFO of some sort. It is all very interesting, but also rather useless.
The truth of the story is not to be found in what happened in the sky 2000 years ago. The truth of the story is much closer to home. What the story is about is not something that happened once some 2000 years ago. In fact, the story has repeated itself over and over again and is happening right here among us. The wise men from the East are mirrors of true believers. They display some basic attitudes of anyone’s faith journey.
The story of the wise men from the East is really about us…. May we do as the wise men did and what wise men and women of every age, also of our time do: get on our knees and worship God in the one born in Bethlehem .
(while kneeling sing:) O come, let us adore him….
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