Willingness

Epiphany of the Lord

… in the days of King Herod,  behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” (Matt 2:1-2)

God puts stars in our lives – acts of kindness, insights, moment of faith, examples of courage.  God also put a star in the lives of the Magi and it awakened something called willingness.

Willingness (releasing the grip on my plans in favor of God’s) is difficult but star-following, epiphany-seeking, get-my-life-together people must become willing. What makes willingness hard? What makes it possible?

Consider the kings the wise men encounter.  The first is Herod, a conniving man, filled with fear and a desire to control.  The second is Jesus, a child utterly vulnerable and dependent – the very incarnation of willingness. 

Photo by: Sebastiano Iervolino

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