SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL

(Epiphany)
Sunday, January 8, 2017.

When the light shines in your heart, two realities become visible: Goodness and evil (Matthew 2:1-12).
The goodness of God.
God comes to the world in Jesus as a king to govern his people with justice, to defend the oppressed among the people, save the poor and crush the oppressor (Psalm 72:1-4). “He shows pity to the needy and the poor and saves the lives of the poor. From extortion and violence he frees them, for precious is their blood in his sight” (Psalm 72:1-4, 12-14).
All the power of God is initially made flesh in the person of a child, the child Jesus. The power of God is revealed and resides in the innocence, sincerity, and vulnerability of a child. “On entering the house [the magi] saw the child with Mary his mother” (Matthew 2:11).
The evil of the world.
We see an example of the evil of the world in Herod – the ruling power of the time. Upon learning of the presence of a new King, Herod “was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him” (Matthew 2:3). He then 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” (Matthew 2:8).
Herod pretends to be willing to accept the new order when, in fact, he wants to destroy it. Herod pretends to welcome Jesus when, in fact, he wants to kill him.
Throughout history, humanity has witnessed the presence of individuals who have followed the model of God, while others have followed the model of evil. The light will allow us to see them as they are.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)