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January 03. 2021

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DG BookGospel: Mt:2:1-12
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Judea, during the days of kingHerod, wise men from the East arrived in Jerusalem. They asked, “Where isthe newborn king of the Jews?
We saw the rising of his star in the East andhave come to honor him.” When Herod heard this he was greatly disturbed,and with him all Jerusalem. He immediately called a meeting of all highrankingpriests and teachers of the law,
and asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In the town of Bethlehem in Judea,” they told him, “for thisis what the prophet wrote: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, youare by no means the least among the clans of Judah,
for from you will comea leader, one who is to shepherd my people Israel.” Then Herod secretly called the wise men and asked them thecalled the wise men and asked them theprecise time the star appeared.

He sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions, “Go and get accurate information about the child. As soon as you have found him, report to me, sothat I, too, may go and honor him.” After the meeting with the king, they set out
The star that they had seen in the East went ahead of them and stopped overthe place where the child was. The wisemen were overjoyed on seeing the star again. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with Mary his mother,
they knelt and worshiped him.They opened their bags and offered him their gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. In a dream they were warned not totheir gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. In a dream they were warned not togo back to He rod,
so they returned to their home country by another way.


Lectio Divina

READ: The birth of Jesus was felt by the wise men coming from the Far East while the powers that be in Jerusalem were clueless. Herod on knowing thenews from these foreigners consulted his experts who pinpointed Bethlehemas the place of birth of the Messiah.
Giving directions and instructing the wisemen to return to him once they found the child, the three set out, found thebaby, knelt and worshipped and gave their gifts. Then they returned to theirhome country by another way.

REFLECT: The wise men are wise because they attend to things that matter.That is why it does not matter that they are far from the birthplace of the Messiah.They see His star rising and they immediately set out to see Him.
They inform the powers that be in Jerusalem, who divined the place of birth of the King. After relaying the information, the ruling king enjoined them to tell him afterwards where the newborn king is. But wise men never walks the same path twice.
So they went back home through another route. And so the world comes to knowof the first Christmas.

RESPOND: He or she who is aware, knows of things even from a far. May we cultivate mindfulness in our daily lives so that we know things in bigger perspectives.


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