Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We are in the Advent season. Christmas carol rounds are already started and through our songs and actions we are supposed to be the messengers of God’s love towards humanity. If we analyze the birth narrative of Jesus, we realize that both the shepherds and the magi became significant witnesses to the incarnation. Both groups knew about Jesus through special revelation from the heavens. Both understood that he was special. And at the moment they saw him, they all worshipped. But their worship pattern was different. The shepherds worshipped Jesus with their words and lives. After hearing the angelic message, they went, and they saw Jesus. They told everyone what they had seen and heard, and all who heard it were amazed (Luke 2:18). They glorified God in heaven by proclaiming what they knew of his baby Son. That’s the worship of shepherds. The Magi had travelled so far for that very purpose. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him (Matthew2:11). They offered gifts as if they were giving to a King: Gold, Frankincense and myrrh – expensive spices, fragrant oils and the most valuables of their day. That is, they bowed in reverence and offered their best. That’s the worship of Magi. As we celebrate this Christmas, let us ask ourselves Am I like the shepherd or the magi? Do I talk about God or give my best for him? TO WITNESS THE SAVIOR IS TO WORSHIP HIM. Let us submit ourselves before God and be the true witnesses of our Savior by worshipping Him in truth and spirit. God bless you.
Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.
In His Service,