The Centre of Attention
And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward, and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way. (Matthew 2: 9 – 12)
A new born baby soon makes its present felt within a family. Someone so small, so vulnerable and fragile, so needy, can and does transform the life of a family. The baby becomes the centre of attention, as they cry for food, disrupt our sleep, demand attention. And so, too, for Jesus. In the Incarnation, God participates in what it means to be human and, like any baby, demands our attention. And yet, beyond his baby years, through childhood and adulthood, he demands our attention. When he dies on the cross, he demands our attention. Risen and ascended to glory, he demands our attention. Present, too, today in the lives of the poor, he demands our attention still. How attentive to Jesus are we? How can we attend to him today?
Lord God, today as we celebrate the revelation of Jesus to the world, may we attend to him this day, bringing him our own offerings, listening to his words, serving him in our daily life and in those whom we meet. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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