Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
1 When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
2 Saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to adore him.
3 And king Herod hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.
5 But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written by the prophet:
6 And thou Bethlehem the land of Juda art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the captain that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, privately calling the wise men, learned diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them;
8 And sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go and diligently inquire after the child, and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come to adore him.
9 Who having heard the king, went their way; and behold the star which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was.
10 And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their country.
Jesus the Light of the World
There is this traditional song entitled “Auld Lang Syne” which means farewell to the old year and welcoming in the new. This is very suitable to begin with our reflection of the Gospel for New Year!
The struggles that we experience last year are tremendous but we are glad that we are over it. Even though most of us are still dealing with the pain the last year has given us but still the good news is yet to come for us. We really don’t know exactly what this New Year brings but let us just prepare ourselves and live in positivity that we all will stay free this year. We will never forget what 2020 brought us but we are certain that we will live 2021 better.
This year is yet another hope for us. The gospel for today talks about Jesus as the light of the world. This is a reminder that each of us have to plant hopes in their hearts as we start this another year. Hope that everything will be better and worry-free, hope that this pandemic will end soon, and hope that our leaders will plant pity in their hearts and look upon their people.
We hope and pray for a better world where children can learn and play freely without the threat of war, without the pain of losing someone they love. This year is another mile that each and every one of us must go through with hearts meant to love and hands willing to do charity.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever comes after me will never walk in darkness.” This is what our Lord told us and we must lean on this until the very end of everything. We must follow Him wherever He goes and to follow Him means sacrifice and obedience.
Our New Year’s resolution must not be centered on ourselves but should benefit those who are around us. We have to pray to the Lord and ask Him for guidance that we may follow His examples humbly as He will guide us into the light. – Clea | Helpline PH