Epiphany: when God inspires us to bow down

3 kings-beautiful pic

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

I love this image…the journey of three kings. Today is the Feast of Epiphany and this year it speaks to me of humility. The long journey that the three kings undertook, or three wise men as they are often called, resulted in them bowing down before a little Child in a foreign city. It may be hard to ‘bow down’, leave some of our preconceived notions behind, but they did so before God. In that humility lies freedom of knowing oneself loved.

Is there a bright star within your heart, some inkling, longing, a voice of God that is directing your steps? If so, are you prepared to follow where it beckons, even should part of the journey be through the desert? Desert, paradoxically, is a place of grace where we meet ourself with honesty.  When we do, and the journey takes us to the Jesus Child to bow down, same as the wise men we will know how deeply, astonishingly, we are loved.

© Iva Beranek (Dublin, 6th January 2016)

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