The Magis’ farewell, their return home, their conduct after their return.
PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.
My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.
The Magis’ farewell, their return home, their conduct after their return.
Let us adore the Infant Jesus receiving the farewells of the Magi, and addressing to them His own, not by means of external words, since the law of silence is imposed upon Him, but by the sweetness of His expression, which speaks to their eyes, and by the sanctity of His inspirations, which speak to their hearts. Oh, how many graces did not the Magi carry away with them from this last visit; and how preciously they kept them in their hearts, down to their last sigh! Let us bless Our Lord for it; let us congratulate our holy travellers.
The Farewells Addressed by the Magi to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
If the Magi had consulted their own hearts only, they would have remained longer, or rather always, at Bethlehem: it was to them paradise upon earth; but duty called them elsewhere, and they comprehended that they must sacrifice even the pleasures of piety, even the delights enjoyed in spiritual exercises, in order to go where the duties incumbent upon us call us. Whatever it might cost them they decided to take their departure, and went to make their last farewells to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Who can say how touching were these farewells, with what tenderness they kissed and watered with their tears the feet of the Divine Infant; how they thanked Him afresh for having called them by means of the miraculous star, swore to Him everlasting fidelity, esteeming themselves more honored to be His vassals than to command the universe? Mary, in the place of her Son, replied to their fervent farewells, and confirmed the Magi in their faith in the greatness of the Child-God, and in the practice of the perfect life they were henceforth to lead. The humble Joseph encouraged them on his side to engrave these good words in their heart, and they went away happy after such an interview. Oh, how good it is to converse with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, whether it be in prayer or before the tabernacle, and to remain united with them in heart, through prayer and recollection!
Return of the Magi to their own Land.
The Magi, after having bidden farewell to the crib, went to take a little repose before leaving very early the next morning. But behold! during the night an angel from heaven comes to tell them that Herod, finding he has been deceived by them, has been plotting to take away their life, and that therefore they must return by another road. Herein are contained three precious lessons. The first is that Jesus watches over us continually, even during our sleep, and that He often keeps us from dangers which threaten us. and which we could not foresee. The second, that it is after having found and enjoyed God as the Magi did, we must no longer walk in the same way as before, but in a new and more perfect way, different from that which is followed by the multitude. God grants His special graces only with this object in view, and it is abusing them to walk always in the same old tracks. The third reason is that after having quitted the path to heaven through sin, we can only return to it by the way of innocence; after having left it to enjoy the pleasures of the world, we can return to it only by means of sorrow and penitence, beyond this there is no salvation. Let us think deeply on this.
Conduct of the Magi after their Return to their Country.
Hardly had the Magi returned home than they made themselves apostles of the new-born God; everywhere they published the birth of the King of the universe, they preached the new spirit which He had come to bring to this world, the spirit of humility, of poverty, of mortification, of gentleness, and of devotedness; and they confirmed these beautiful teachings by the holiness of their life, by the power of the grace with which they were filled, by a fervent apostolate, which showed them to be heavenly men and profoundly convinced; lastly by their blood, which they had the happiness to shed for the Gospel, and thus they were at once evangelists and martyrs. Such was the marvellous change wrought in the Magi by a few days passed at the crib. Why, enjoying every day the same God at the holy altar, do we not become better? What are we waiting for before giving ourselves entirely to Him? will it be time enough to begin to live well when we must have done with life?
Make the resolution; 1st, often to assure Our Lord during the day that we desire to live for Him alone; 2d, to excite ourselves to perform every one of our actions in the most perfect manner possible. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the words which the Gospel says of the Magi: “They went back another way to their country” (Matt. ii. 12).
PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.
My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.
Prayer in honor of the Most Holy Name
O sweet Name of Jesus, holy above all names in heaven and on earth, and to which every knee, both of men and of angels in heaven, on earth and in hell bends. You are the the way of the just, the glory of the saints, the hope of those in need, the balm of the sick, the love of the devout and the consolation of those that suffer.
O, Jesus be to me a help and a protector so that your Name may be blessed for all times. – Thomas A. Kempis
Prayer of Reparation in Praise of the Holy Name of God entitled:
“The Golden Arrow”
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.
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