Vatican City, Jan 7, 2013 / 09:10 am
Pope Benedict reflected on the Magi as “men with a restless heart” during his homily for Epiphany at St. Peter’s Basilica Jan. 6, in a Mass at which he consecrated four new bishops.
“They were filled with expectation, not satisfied with their secure income and their respectable place in society. They were looking for something greater…They wanted to know how we succeed in being human,” the Pope said.
“They wanted to understand the truth about ourselves and about God and the world,” he added. “Their outward pilgrimage was an expression of their inward journey, the inner pilgrimage of their hearts.”
“They were men who sought God and were ultimately on the way towards him. They were seekers after God.”
The Magi were the first in a pilgrimage of the Gentiles to Christ, Pope Benedict said, and the consecration of bishops at Epiphany is appropriate because a bishop’s role is to lead the way in pilgrimage to Christ.
A bishop “must be gripped by God’s concern for men and women…like the Wise Men from the East,” the pontiff explained.
He noted that bishops must also be men of faith, for “faith draws us into a state of being seized by the restlessness of God and it makes us pilgrims who are on an inner journey towards the true King of the world.”
The Magi are an example for the new prelates because they were men of “the courage and humility born of faith.” The Pope recalled how they must have been derided by their contemporaries, as bishops so often are today.
Similarly, “the courage to contradict the prevailing mindset is particularly urgent for a Bishop today. He must be courageous…allowing oneself to be struck and to be steadfast before” a worldly way of thinking. …
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