Feast of the Epiphany – Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

Jan 3, 2024 | Gospel Reflections

January 7, 2024

Matthew 2: 1-12

 

How often have you wondered how the magi could have known the message of the Star? I have pondered this ever since I first listened to the account of the Magi’s journey.

We are told that the Magi were astronomers — observers of the stars above and attentive to changes, especially the rise of the star in the East ;
they were wise paying attention to the beauty and wisdom of creation, and to their dreams;
they were courageous in seeking the meaning of what they perceived.

In Greek, Magi refers to persons who attempted to understand the relationship of the powers in the universe to humans.

Today, I invite us all to pray that our eyes maybe open and focused on the words of today’s psalm:
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Daily as I watch the news and increasing accounts of discord, tensions and wars throughout our earth community, I become more and more concerned and, sometimes even fearful. For many years we have been aware of climate change, it’s increasing threats to our earth’s existence. The fact that our world community is now making more commitments to new consumer policies and practices, is somewhat reassuring.

Pope Francis tells us: “It is not enough to know where Jesus was born, as the scribes did, if we do not go there. It is not enough to know that Jesus was born, like Herod, if we do not encounter him. When his place becomes our place, when his time becomes our time, when his person becomes our life, then the prophecies come to fulfillment in us. Then Jesus is born within us. He becomes the living God for me. Today we are asked to imitate the Magi. They do not debate; they set out. They do not stop to look, but enter the house of Jesus. They do not put themselves at the center, but bow down before the One who is the center.”
Today I invite us all to be the change we pray for in Psalm 72
Justice shall flower in our days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May our good God rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

May we follow the path to be the change we desire.
May we Discern sincerity of our world leaders.
May we be attentive to our dreams of peace.
May we be courageous enough to choose another route.
May we Look, listen, be attentive, beauty of creation, seeing Christ in everyone and everything.
May we be the peace and justice we anticipate.

 

 

Matthew 2: 1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
The Gospel of the Lord

 

 

Meet Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN has served in many ministries during the past 60 years. Her first missions spanned all 12 grades of elementary and secondary education. She then was called into pastoral services in two different multicultural parishes in San Francisco. As she was discerning ministry in Africa, her Sisters called her to serve in leadership in California. Drawing on such varied life experience she became a Marriage and Family Therapist in schools and private practice. She continued to be active in various province, national and international committees and projects. In 2003 her Provincial Team asked her to assist with the possibility of our eight US provinces forming of a single National Unit. She served a five year term as a member of the first Leadership Team of the East-West province. She continued with the second Team until a serious infection caused her to resign from that position. She now continues to heal from and cope with the persistent effects of that illness. Proclaiming God’s Goodness