Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 - The Epiphany of the Lord
Seek—a simple word which, in the light of our faith, contains a powerful message. Seek can refer to finding out more, locating, and discovering. It is active, collaborative, sometimes earnest, and always hopeful.
What was the last thing you sought? A new job, a relationship, your car keys? How did you feel while you were searching—anxious, eager, excited, or concerned? What about when what you sought was found? Did you experience elation, surprise, maybe relief? Let's now consider our journey to discover Jesus. How do you seek Him? Is it with all your heart, mind, and soul? Do you put as much energy into that search as you do into locating your keys?
A seeking heart, the Lord promises, will always succeed in finding Him. He never hides nor asks the impossible, for in Him all things are possible. Jesus, I have discovered, is always right where I left him the last time. Maybe that was in the pew at Mass, in prayer the night before, or in the confessional (weeks, months, years ago). The funny thing is, He is way easier to find than our car keys because as we begin to seek, we find He is already with us. St. James reminds us that when we draw near to God, He draws near to us.
The Magi followed a star; it guided them to Jesus. We all have a guiding star—the Holy Spirit. If you are unsure where to begin your search, seek first the Spirit's guidance. His directions never fail to lead us to the Lord. When you've found Him do you lavish Him with gifts as the Magi did? Do you offer your love, life, worship? More importantly, do you make time to adore Him? There is no more extraordinary epiphany than discovering Jesus!
In what ways do you seek to not only find, but also to know, love, and serve Jesus?
If my heart did not wish to find You, I would not be here reading these daily reflections. Lord, fulfill Your promise, and help me discover all the places You can be found in my life!
Copyright 2021 Allison Gingras
About the Author
Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust." Her ministry focuses on the grace of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament. Allison is the national WINE Steward for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and hosts A Seeking Heart podcast.