Fr Stefan reflects on the Epiphany and thoughts bu Pope Francis

We will read this Sunday, “behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, say, ‘Where in the newborn king of the Jew? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage’ (Mat 2:2-3) Pope Benedict says, “The magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey.” 

Jesus has an open door for everyone. All are welcome to come to Jesus. Pope Francis writes, “One of the most striking experiences of these past decades has been that of encountering locked doors. Increasing insecurity has gradually led people to lock their doors, install security alarms and surveillance cameras, and to be suspicious of any stranger who comes knocking at their door…The image of an open door has always been a symbol of a light, friendship, joy, freedom, and trust. How badly we need to rediscover these things! The closed door is harmful to us, paralyzes us, and divides us…Jesus is the door. (Jn 10:9) He and he alone is, and always will be, the door, No one goes to the Father but through him. (Jn 14:6) As this door, he opens the path that leads to God.”

The Magi went on a long journey seeking this New Born King. They came from the outskirts of society. Imagine how beautifully Mary and Joseph would have greeted the magi when they, “entered the house and saw the child with Jesus his mother.”(Mat 2:9) On the door of the inn there must have been a sign, “All Are Welcome Here.”

 

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