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Follow- Up Sessions- January- The Joy of the Encounter

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1. What are we looking for in our lives?
2. To whom have we tried to reach out to during the process of the Encuentro?
3. Who are the people who give us joy when we meet?

Illuminate: Matthew 2: 1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: “And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.” Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star ́s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.” After their audience with the king, they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by a dream not to return to Herod, they departed from their country by another way.

The Magi did not know exactly whom they were looking for, but they did know he was very important. They find him in the “periphery”, in a humble place. But it is there that they recognize him and, full of joy, they adore him. We often look for something great and extraordinary in our lives, and perhaps it is right before us and we don ́t recognize it, because it is disguised in simplicity and humility. In our effort to reach out to others who were in the periphery, perhaps we have not always recognized the presence of Christ. But He was always there. This encounter should be cause for great joy for us as it was for the magi.

Delve into the Word

In silence, listen to the voice of Jesus within your heart.
What word of the reading do you identify with the most?
What is Jesus inviting you to do today?

Live the Word

What am I looking for in my life?
What is my vocation?
What is my attitude when I reach out to others?
Do I recognize the presence of Christ in them?

Celebrate

L/ Help us, Lord, to recognize you in those who are different, in the least and simplest.
R/ Lord, all the people on earth will adore you.

L/ Open our hearts to awe and adoration in your presence.

R/ Lord, all the people on earth will adore you.

L/ Fill our hearts with joy in finding you.

R/ Lord, all the people on earth will adore you.

L/ Give us courage, Lord, to follow the star of our vocation and to seek you alone in everything. Open our hearts to accept those who come from other places, those who are different. Give us generosity to give our best gold in recognition of the King, our best incense in praise of God, our best myrrh in acceptance of everything human. Amén.

Mission – “Taking the first Step”

Try to find something good everywhere, including strange places and where you don’t expect to find anything of importance. Find it in a smile, a kind word, and also in the pain and concerns of people. There, just as in Bethlehem in a humble stable, Jesus is waiting for you.

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