There is nothing like Christmas music. Something about Christmas brings out our most beautiful and joyful music. This year, our school’s annual Christmas music program was exceptional, the music at our liturgies was excellent, and the combined St. Rose/St. Mary’s concert which is coming up on January 9 at 2pm at St. Mary’s promises to be a beautiful way to close the season of Christmas.
One of the new songs I heard this Christmas was “Walking Like a Wise Man.” This song outlined how to walk like one of the magi in today’s Gospel. The particular line that caught my attention was:
“They walk by faith and not by sight.”
For me, this line captured the essence of wisdom. Normally I think of a wise person as someone who knows what to do and what not to do. That’s true, but this song pointed out another important dimension of wisdom… faith. Wisdom is more than simply knowing what to do in any given situation. The wise person knows when to walk by faith and step out when they don’t know the final destination.
The magi in today’s Gospel possessed this deeper kind of wisdom. They did not know where they were going. They walked by faith. It wasn’t blind faith, because they could see the star and knew that God was guiding them somewhere. They just didn’t know the final destination. These wise men put one foot in front of the other, trusting that the destination was a good one. Trusting that God was leading them to new life, a better life.
We are also called to walk by faith and not by sight. When we are honest with ourselves, we know that we don’t know where we are going. But we can have faith that the destination God is leading us to is a good one. Together, we put one foot in front of the other and walk by faith and not by sight.