Following the Light

Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
Happy New Year! Ideally this Christmas season has brought each of us joy and delight. Now the question remains what impact has the reality of Christmas had on us. In other words, in our day to day life, what influence is the extraordinary gift of Christ’s presence having on us?

Happy New Year! Ideally this Christmas season has brought each of us joy and delight. Now the question remains what impact has the reality of Christmas had on us. In other words, in our day to day life, what influence is the extraordinary gift of Christ’s presence having on us? 

I think this question is a good one as we approach the wonderful Feast of The Three Kings or Epiphany this Sunday. The key to the Magi being Wise is that they allowed the manifestation of God’s love in the birth of Christ to transform their inner vision so that they saw beyond differences to the truth that God is in love with all of humanity. Their journey guided by the Star is one that demonstrates the impact of trusting that the Spirit dwelling within our hearts can lead us to embrace our common humanity.
 
Years ago I came across this blessing for the New Year.
 
May our inner vision be transformed so that we can see more clearly our own journey with humankind as a journey of peace, hope, boldness.
May our hearts lean on God.
May we not be afraid of the questions that press upon our minds and hearts; let us welcome the questions and wait patiently for answers.
May ours be the gift of reverence for all created things. Let us be brave and enthusiastic in the responsibility
 to preserve and care for the beauty of the earth.
May the wellsprings of compassion flow deep within us.
May we awake each morning with a song of praise on our lips, gratitude in our hearts, knowing all is gift.
May our union with God, our love of God and friendship with the saints be strong.
May this love comfort us throughout this year.
May our spirit be open, perceptive, and receptive as we live each day in the presence of the Holy One.
 
 
Let us be inspired by the Wise Men to attend to the inner light calling us to embrace our common humanity.

Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ is the Head of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education.
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