What do we bring? Light!
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not over come it." John 1:5
I wonder how many of you have ever been in a cave - maybe not spelunking which my son loves but actually down in a cave. I have been blessed to be at Mammoth Caves (National Park) several times. One of the times my sister; the one who loves to wear dresses, color coordinates and understands bling - was looking up at the strings of lights way up along the "roof" of the cave. Her comment, which I can still remember 50 years later, was "Wow! I would love to be one of the ones putting those up there!"
Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 2:7-12. We read about a group of men following a star -- one star. A star that shone brightly and seemed to be leading the way. This group of men "Saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:2) They are sharing this information and asking questions before continuing. They are "overjoyed" (v. 10) to see the star again, stopping at the house "where Mary and the child are." (v. 11) They bring the child gifts - which is where we get "3 Wise Men" from -- 3 gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. One star, outshining all the stars in the heavens, leading to the Light of the world and bringing gifts. The question is...... what gift are we bringing?
I know. We are caregivers. We are, pretty much, constantly giving - of ourselves and our resources. But do we share the Light? Do we tell others where our strength comes from? Can we "give" the Light of the world, Jesus Christ, the gift of sharing His light as our strength? Sometimes we are the small light, like a candle in a dark world, but sometimes we are the bright light - like the string of lights at the top of a cave. We need to share how the Light of the World is our Light TO share.
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