Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 71:1-2,7-8,10-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12
How Do You Respond to King Jesus?
At its very heart of today’s Gospel we find God’s offer of salvation to all and the call to respond. The question here therefore is simple – How Do You Respond To King Jesus? The Gospel sees 3 three different responses– i) Herod refuses Jesus, ii) the religious leaders ignore Jesus, and iii) the wise men worship Jesus. What about you?
Do you refuse him? – Herod was disturbed when he heard from the wise men that a child was born who was king of the Jews because he felt that the presence of Jesus will interfere with his power, his position and his lifestyle. He could not tolerate the thought of homage being paid to another king. When Herod asked the Magi to search for the King and let him know about his whereabouts, he had no intention of worshipping Jesus - rather he refused Jesus and wanted to eliminate him.
Do you ignore him? The religious leaders knew that Scripture said that the Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem but they were indifferent and did not care to seek out and worship Jesus.
Or do you worship him above all else? The Gospel of Matthew describes the three visitors from afar, as the magi. Magi were astrologers - men who gained special insight into world affairs from their observation of planets and stars. They were gentiles and yet when they SAW the Star, they FOLLOWED it and they PERSEVERED until they FOUND the New Born King. They then WORSHIPPED Jesus and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, myrrh
What the Magi do here is a little preview of what everyone will do in the future; bow before the Lord and King. Just as the Magi fell to their knees in adoration (cf. Phil.2:10-11), we too need to fall prostrate before the Lord, as often as we can. We need to be in prayerful wonderment and awe and worship our Lord and King, anywhere, all the time.
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 2: 10-11 – “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary, and they prostrated themselves and worshipped him.”