A HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY – CYCLE “C” – 1/3/16 – SMG
+ Pax et Bonum! Peace and goodness to you this day!
We all know what it is like, to want to be wise, to want to be smart, when it comes to many parts of our lives in this world. We know that this needs to be important to us, because sometimes, when it comes to some areas of our lives, to be foolish, can cost you dearly, and it can get you in a lot of trouble. For example, when it comes to our education, and our kid’s education, we want to choose wisely, we want the very best that we can get for our money. We study, we pray, we research, and we discern. We also want to be wise and smart when it comes to our jobs! Our jobs are very important to us. Before we decide to take a job, there’s much to consider and to learn about. We’ve got to be wise. We’ve got to be smart! And then of course, there’s making a decision about cable and internet. The costs for cable and internet have skyrocketed in the last couple of years. And despite all the ads and commercials, it is not an easy decision. If ever there’s a time for us to be smart, to be wise, to be as shrewd as foxes in the world today, it’s when we’re dealing with our cable and internet providers. Have you had to call Brighthouse or Comcast lately? It’s like calling Hell and negotiating a deal with the devil himself! You gotta be wise!
Today, of course, on the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate the Wise Men, and their Faith, and their journey, that leads them to find the true Light of the World, in a stable in Bethlehem. Now at first, we’ve got to admit that the Wise Men’s wisdom is not necessarily the same as the wisdom of this world. In fact, according the world’s wisdom, it doesn’t make much sense for these kings, these wise men, to leave their own kingdoms and follow a star. They were risking a lot, for the unknown. Certainly there were many who laughed at them and wondered why they were doing what they were doing. And yet these Three Kings, these wise men, knew that they were seeking something bigger, something better, something more, than all the kingdoms of this world had to offer. It wasn’t for more money, or for more land, or for more power that the Three Wise Men left home. They left home led by a heavenly wisdom, and a heavenly light, and truly seeking God in their lives! And they were truly wise enough to know that what God was offering them, was so much more than anything that the wisdom of this world had to offer.
As we come here today on this very special Feast Day, each one of us also has to realize that the Three Wise Men got it right. There is so much more to the story than just what we know! There’s so much more to this life than just what we can see with our eyes and touch with our hands! The Wisdom of God is not the same as the wisdom of this world. The wisdom of this world might save us a little money or get us a better deal on cable for a brief time. But the Wisdom of God is leading us home to a Kingdom that lasts forever! And the treasures of that world, and that kind of Wisdom, make gold, frankincense, and myrrh seem like merely a child’s playthings.
The Three Kings did get it right. They were truly wise. They thought that there was more to this life, and God led them by the light of a star, to witness just how much more there was: Jesus!
How are we doing at seeking the things that last? Are we spending our time, are we setting our hearts, are we truly seeking those values of Heaven, over the passing values of this dying world? My brothers and sisters, we get the chance every day to be truly wise men and women. Are we wise? Are we making the right choices? Would we have had the Faith to get on our camels and follow a star, if that’s what God asked us to do, to find Him? Do we have the Faith, to do what God is asking us to do today, in order to find Him? Remember, the wisdom of this world and the Wisdom of God ARE NOT the same thing! People might make fun of us. Some people might think that we are crazy. The whole rest of the world doesn’t always see the light, and that’s going to make us stick out like a sore thumb! Are you ready to be different? Maybe that’s the heart of what the Three Wise Men challenge us with today. Are you ready to follow God, and not the world?
Let us be truly wise! Let us see with the eyes of Faith. Let’s see where God leads us!
+ May God bless us on this Feast of the Epiphany, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… AMEN !!!
St. Maria Goretti… Pray for us !!!