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Yes, the Magi followed the light, they followed the star. However, there must have been an inner light aflame, a strong desire within them, which enabled them to see the Star, for them to set out on such a journey to find the Child.


As Christmas approaches, we find ourselves at the end of another very difficult year. We have been touched by death, anxiety, uncertainty and suffering due to Covid worldwide. However, we are people of hope and with the Gospel acclamation on Christmas day, we acclaim:

“Come, you nations, and adore the Lord. For today a great light has come upon the earth”.

To speak of Christmas is to speak of the ‘Light of God’ in our midst; a light that not only shines in the darkness, but actually dispels the darkness.

One of the two murals behind the altar in our Mother House Chapel, is that of the Magi adoring the “Child”. I believe that this painting was to signify the racial diversity of our Congregation, but I could not help thinking about the significance of this visit to the Christ child.

Mathew tells us that “the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Mt: 2: 9-12

Yes, the Magi followed the light, they followed the star. However, there must have been an inner light aflame, a strong desire within them, which enabled them to see the Star, for them to set out on such a journey to find the Child.

This Christmas I invite each one of us to consciously stoke that flame within us; to look for ways to rekindle that light and to care for it in a way that draws us into the depths of our own journey to discover once again the Child that dwells within each one of us.

As we make this journey, we recall that the Magi’s quest had brought Herod’s scrutiny upon the child and set in motion events that threatened the life of Jesus and resulted in the murder of innocent children.

With that in mind, let us journey in prayer with our leaders that they too may welcome the Light and not be threatened by it. Let us journey with those who are suffering the consequences of political decisions that do not serve the common good; those who live in fear and anxiety each day. Here, we pray especially for our sisters and the people of Haiti.

Let us journey with those who are fleeing violence, terror, abuse; migrants who risk their lives to find new life and hope for themselves and their families; those seeking love and life in today’s world.

We pray for wisdom, that like the Magi, we may bring before the Christ child, the gifts God has given to us. May we joyfully share the Light that we have been given with all God’s people, so that we may be beacons of hope for all whom we encounter.

On behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny,
I wish you all a very happy and blessed Christmas.
Sister Clare Stanley
Superior General

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