- On January 5, we celebrated the Epiphany, the manifestation of God in the child Jesus, and we remembered the visit of the Magi. These wealthy and aristocratic foreigners, full of holy wisdom and political connections, not only came “to do Him homage”, but also to bring gifts and offer concrete help. They had a bigger picture in mind, transcending cultural and tribal borders
Today, we hear in the news about other children of the Middle East, those in Syria, who are suffering and dying because of lack of both wisdom and political will. The long-lasting conflict has affected about five million children, according to the UN.
We also hear that in the US, because of cuts in nutrition programs, twenty percent of children go to bed hungry every night; that is about 16 million children.
The realization that God became a little child is urging us to be generous with our time and resources to bring justice and fill the needs of all of those children who suffer in the U.S., in Syria and everywhere in the world. Are we open enough to see that they are just like the child Jesus, another manifestation of God among us? Can we too continue to bring gifts and offer concrete help?