The wise men still seek him

Dear Friends,

It is Christmas time again! Of all the characters in the Christmas story, the Wiseman are the most enigmatic. Yet it is their search for Christ and their response when they found him that reveal to us the essence of true wisdom. Two thousand years ago, a group of men mounted up camels and donkeys and traveled just to have a glimpse of a promised child, and just to be able to worship Him, the new born king. What they encountered and why are the very reasons for the Christmas day! I know that Christmas today is a day of gift opening, family, food, and fun, which is important. There is something far more important and eternal of value than those things that drove these men to travel so far. The Wise men eventually arrived at the home of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus, after risking family, fortune, strength, and time to travel – to worship a little boy called Emmanuel (God with us). The scripture says that the key to all Wisdom is Christ: “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (Corinthians 1:24). The Bible also says that the key that unlocks Wisdom, is the same key that unlocks Eternal Life: “And this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

What makes a Wise man wise? A Wiseman becomes all the Wiser for spending time in the presence of the Lord. These men had come to a point in their life where something, or rather Someone was more real and important than anything else! Today, in this world of scientific discovery and ever expanding knowledge, people still seek Him but in a way that is far different than how those men sought Him. Today they seek Christ in order to ‘use’ Him for profit and gain. They only look forward to Christmas because that is when up to 50% of their sales come in! There is now so much emphasis on Santa, and not on Jesus. The ONLY reason for Christmas is Jesus Christ. What was true two thousand years ago is still true today. Wise men still seek Him, and when they find Him, they worship Him. Why do you seek Christ?

Your generosity helps us continue in the search for Christ. As you celebrate this Christmas season, please prayerfully consider making a generous gift to Christ the King. You can also make your donation online at www.christthekingretreatcenter.org.

May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with Joy!

With much gratitude,
Fr. Giltus Mathias, CP
Executive Director

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