Our personal knowledge of God is incomplete but if we are faithful, it can lead us into a deeper encounter with God. The Magi were astrologers who studied the heavens which they thought controlled the destiny of man. God used their mistaken beliefs to draw them closer until they experienced the reality of Him. Once they encountered the Living God they fell down and worshipped Him, offering to Him their gifts.
Their knowledge became more complete. The stars were not the master of Christ’s destiny, but were rather in God’s service doing His bidding. As the Psalmist proclaimed, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” Those who seek like the Magi eventually find.
One way of looking at people with different levels of faith and understanding is to think of our solar system. Some people. like the great saints, would be on the planet Mercury. The sun is so huge to them, it would difficult for them to see anything else. Others are far out there where the ex-planet Pluto is. To them our sun is a small spot in a sea of stars. Much of the light they receive is coming from sources other than our sun and it might be difficult for them to determine where they should go or who they should worship. Rather than debunk this and that, ad infinitum it is better to point out what is true about what they believe.
This is what St. Paul did when he was in Athens and saw multiple altars to multiple gods. When he found the altar to the unknown God. Paul seized upon it and said, “What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. And he made from one every nation of men…that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him.”
It is not good for people to stay on the outer planets because it is cold, confusing and far from the true sun. Unlike the real solar system, we don’t have to stay where we are. Personally, we should always seek to get ever closer to God, and encourage others to draw nearer too.
To whom much is given much is required, to whom little is given little is required. There are some who have received much less light than we have who outshine us in their faith walks. In the Catholic church we have been given the fullness of the faith with all of the sacraments, the Bible, and the teachings of the church fathers, yet there are some who take it for granted. They cannot be bothered to come to Church to receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. They don’t confess their sins and are ashamed to publically speak of God.
There are others who do not have the sacraments but only know the name of Jesus. They believe in Him strongly and live their lives around Him. They will shine brighter in heaven than those who neglected the great spiritual wealth that was their birthright.
Many of our great modern teachers like Scott Hahn and Jeff Cavins have come from the Protestant faiths. They are teaching us “Cradle Catholics” to appreciate what a spiritual treasure that we possess. Dr. Hahn by following His strong belief in the Bible was led by it into the truth behind our Catholic teachings. When he finally encountered the reality of Christ in the Eucharist, he fell down and worshipped the Living God.
I don’t know how much light that you have been given, but I do know that life is a journey. If you are trying to find God, you may wander here and wander there but God will eventually lead you to Him if you follow that star.
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Reference scripture Matt.2:1-12, Psalm 19 1, Acts 17:22-31