Vocational Meditation: They Seek the Child Diligently.

posted Jan 6, 2012, 11:05 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Jan 6, 2012, 11:35 AM ]
The Magi show us how we ought to respond to the true movements of the Holy Spirit. They could not 
have sought Christ unless the Father called them, and they are an outstanding example of fortitude and perseverance in the way they went looking for him, in response to God’s calling. We can imagine the risks the Magi undertook as they left their comfort zone: ridicule from family and neighbors, dangers on the journey, uncertainty. But they persevered nonetheless. There is something wonderful in the persevering person. We must be prudent in our decisions, but once we make them prudently we must persevere in carrying them out. Fortitude produces firmness in difficulties and constancy in pursuit of the good. Our Christian journey is a seeking of Christ. We must be prepared to face obstacles and difficulties on the journey, especially those called by God to follow him in a special way. Christ warns us about fear and tells us not to let it conquer us. He gives us confidence. Our fortitude is not so much trust in ourselves as trust in him. Fear stifles so many great initiatives of the Holy Spirit. Fortitude is the virtue of everyone who sets out after Christ and wants to be faithful to him, from the teenager resisting peer pressure to the martyr going to his death. Fortitude disposes us to embrace sacrifice and renounce comfort and materialism for the sake of following Christ and doing the work he has chosen for us. The man of persevering faith can honestly say, The Lord is my strength and my song (Ps. 118:14). It reminds us of Christ’s words: In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (Jn. 16:33).