Lectio Divina: Feast of the Epiphany We have seen his star.

This last Feast of Christmas invites us to recognise the infant king of the Jews is for all people at all times.

Once more we might make a resolution to spend some minutes each day reflecting on God’s presence, offering him an opportunity to speak to our hearts and fill us with his goodness.  It may not be gold or frankincense or myrrh, but our time is every bit as precious.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Friday

And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel. (Matthew 2:6)

  • Think of leaders who you have been prepared to follow. What made them good leaders?
  • When have you experienced a failure of leadership?
  • Shepherd leadership is the mark of Jesus, how have you experienced this for yourself?
  • Where does God want to lead you to today?

Saturday

The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. (Matthew 2:11)

  • Remember a time when you were filled with delight.
  • Look once again at a crib scene, join the Kings in doing him homage.
  • What gifts do you bring to the infant king today?
  • What gift does God have for you today?

Sunday.  Feast of the Epiphany.

All are assembling and coming towards you, your sons from far away, your daughters being tenderly carried. At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart throbbing and full. (Isaiah 60:4-5)

  • Remember a time when you were part of an assembly moving together with purpose. How did it feel?
  • What has made you grow radiant in your life?
  • Remember a time when your heart was “fit to burst” Who and what were there?
  • Know that God wants to fill your heart with such joy and happiness.

Monday. Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.. (Psalm 71:7)

  • List the injustices you see around you.
  • List those places where you have seen justice being done.
  • Where do you see a need for God’s peace, both personally and in the world?
  • What gift of peace does God desire to grant you?

Tuesday.

 For he shall save the poor when they cry and the needy who are helpless. He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor. (Psalm 71:12-13)

  • When has the cry of the poor moved you to action?
  • Have you ever felt helpless? How does that feeling make you more caring?
  • How can you be God’s hands to those in need today?
  • What strength does God desire to give you in your weakness?

Wednesday.

You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of this mystery. (Ephesians 3:2-3)

  • Make a list of the graces you have received today.
  • What has God revealed to you through these graces?
  • A Mystery is a truth that has been revealed by God. How does the knowledge of the truth of your faith support you?
  • What truth does God want to reveal to you today?

Thursday.

“Where is the infant King of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.”  (Matthew 2:2)

  • “King of the Jews” reappears on the sign on the cross (INRI), what does this title of Jesus say to you?
  • What stars have led you to the Lord?
  • How can you show homage to the Lord today?
  • Reflect on the fact that God makes you part of his royal family.

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