Faith enables us to discern mystery from above. With the eyes of the body, they see a fragile infant. With the eyes of faith, they see God. Only faith can bridge the apparent abyss between child and God. It is very much like our situation regarding the Eucharist, or Communion. Only faith can bridge the apparent abyss between bread and God. Thanks to faith, to the Magi Christ is made known. Thanks to faith, to us-as with the disciples on the road to Emmaus who initially do not recognize the risen Lord, Christ is "made known...in the breaking of the bread" (Luke 24:35).
If this is true, then we ought, as the prophet Isaiah tells us (first reading: Isaiah 60:1-6), to "Arise, shine; for our light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon us." Let us arise. We are friends of "Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him" (second reading: Ephesians 3:1-12).
Yours in Christ,
seeker with you