This weekend is Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of January, the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

The Community of Taizé sing Christe Lux Mundi: ‘O Christ, light of the world, whoever follows you will have the light of life.’

This weekends’ reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew was of course writing for Christians who already knew more or less ‘what happened’. They were already people who believed in Jesus, that he had died to rescue them from sin and death, that he had been raised again and was now the world’s true Lord. How would they then read Matthew’s gospel, not just as a faithful account of what had happened in the past, but as a blueprint and set of clues for how they should be living as followers of Jesus today?

The story of the three wise men, then, can be seen as a great encouragement to the little church as it sets off on its mission to the wider world: the wider world has already heard about him and begun to come looking for him! Can I identify those around me looking for something more in their lives...? Am I searching for something more in my life, and can I find that more in Jesus?

Listening to the passage a second time, notice what stays with you.

The wise men, ‘went back another way.’  So we are sent back into our world by another way. The way that He has already travelled for us; the way on which we find him walking with us, the way that leads us rejoicing to the Father.