and Human Longing
Fr. Serg Kabalaman, CJM
Every movement of God is a perfect expression of Godself. Every expression of God is a revelation of who he is, an Epiphany so to speak, so that all the peoples may come to know him and, in the process, come to know themselves in the light of him who is the source of their being.
The Gospel passage proclaimed today, on the occasion of the Epiphany of the Lord, depicted one such movement at the onset of the mystery of Incarnation. It focused on how God revealed himself to the Magi. It was first and foremost an expression of God’s deepest longing to be united with his creation, going beyond the enclave of the Elect. It foreshadowed God’s reaching out to the Gentiles, opening the Kingdom to everyone as the wise men stood for the entire non-Jewish world invited to recognize and partake of the God’s awe-inspiring enfleshment, i.e., his breaking into the realm of the created, and embracing humanity unto himself wholly and entirely (except for our sin) in the condition of brokenness.
The Magi also represents the deepest of human longing and searching to be fulfilled, to be completed. Their search for the King of all kings was driven by their hunger to know and satisfy to their hearts’ content a pining innate in all human beings, seeded perhaps into human hearts from the beginning of creation. Thus, the Lord’s Epiphany became a grace-filled moment where the Divine and human longing met and embraced. An eternal eagerness to reveal and to give encountered the human eagerness to know and grasp life and its meaning.
It invites us now to get in touch with our own deepest longing in life. Let’s name it. Let’s claim it. Understand, however, that no material gift, no human proposition can ever satisfy that longing, for we are spirits. Embodied, yes, but nonetheless eternal spirits that are meant to live into transcendence! At the root of our very human longing is an ancient and eternal driving force that can only find its fulfillment in the Word Incarnate.
O Holy Child lying on the manger, you are the sole fulfillment of our humanity! Fill the void of our being and complete us in the mission you have foreordained for us, be it in contemplation or in action! Amen!