The Epiphany of the Lord - 7th January, 2018

Liturgical Reflection

Visitors from the East


Late last month some workers were arrested as they appeared drunk and seemed to be hallucinating, talking about the son of God being born.

They claimed they had seen several angels singing in the clouds.

They talked of a small family group with the most beautiful baby boy. They said this family were living in a garage behind a motel.

Later that day the police were seeking the location of this small family as government welfare was anxious about their situation.

Another group also visited the little family. They were foreign diplomats who apparently had brought gifts of great worth with them. These emissaries from the east believed that this little family had the power to change the existing status quo of world politics.

After receiving the visitors the family went into hiding and were attempting to leave the country – fearful for their very lives.

These refugees then sought sanctuary in another land.

Their story is ongoing.


Just how long did it take the visitors with their gifts to find Jesus? How long does it take any of us to find Him?

For all of us the search is ongoing and, as with any love affair/relationship, the experience leads to new discoveries about ourselves and our beloved.

The seeking needs silence as well as active endeavour. It is only through silence that the Lord speaks to us. You can’t have a relationship if you are the one doing all the talking. This was acknowledged by Paul when he speaks of being ‘given the knowledge of the mystery…. revealed through the Spirit.’

Herod directed the visitors, ‘Go and find out all about the child … let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’ The king’s motives were none too honorable but the direction itself is worth the following.

The wise men came from exotic lands in search of enlightenment. Can we surmise that they shared their discoveries with others upon their return?

Scholarship, personal reflection and prayer lead us along unexpected paths. The journey is an exciting one. Sharing our Christian philosophy and revelations with others, especially those not travelling with us, is the challenge of our times.

Judith Croke