Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the revelation of Christ to all peoples. I am thinking more about the journey than the destination. Maybe because in my own life and in the lives of many people with whom I live and work I know how difficult it is to stay on-the-way. “Are we almost there?” is not just a question for impatient children on a family vacation.
Amidst so many stars, how did the wise ones know which one was the Christ-star? There are many bright and attractive lights competing for my attention. How do I know which one is true? I can feel the pull of the star of success or the star of security. I can follow a star that gets me there more quickly. I can be drawn by a star of “stuff”, consuming things and experiences to try to fill up the longing for the holy that God has put in my heart. What star will I follow?
I know I need companions on the way who will help me to interpret the signs, to find the true course, to keep me from being distracted and to encourage me when I’m disheartened. I need the wisdom of those who have traveled this path before me. I need provisions for the journey, too. I need to trust that God will provide all I need.
God doesn’t put obstacles in the path or try to confuse me in blind alleys. God has put a homing-device in my heart that will draw me without fail. God lights up a star to show me the way and sometimes the darkest night is when I can see the star the best.
What star will I follow? Christ-star, light of my heart’s deepest and truest desire, give me the grace to choose to follow you.