Hungering for the Truth

fr Timothy Radcliffe OP preaches on the feast of the Epiphany
Roman Epiphany

This Epiphany, fr Timothy Radliffe reflects on the Magi who exemplify our fundamental human quest for Jesus who is the Truth:

"Without their own wisdom, they would never have set off to look for ‘the newborn king’; without the knowledge of the religious authorities, they would not have known where to find him.

Even Herod had his part to play. So it is with us in our own search for the meaning of our lives. First of all we Christians have the wisdom of our Scriptures, the Word of God. It is to this Word, who is ultimately the person of Jesus, that we owe our primary obedience. Here we hear the summons to take to the road. But if we just rely on our own interpretation of the Bible, then we may easily misunderstand what it says. So we listen to the scriptures as members of the Church, a community which stretches across two thousand years. We listen to the wise and holy men and women who have wrestled with the Word, and learn from them.

We also listen to the Church’s teachers, the Magisterium. St Paul tells the Ephesians that ‘you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for your benefit, namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.

We also search with the help of our own expertise and the help of the wise and creative people of our time, regardless of whether they are Christians or not. St Thomas Aquinas said: “Do not heed by whom a thing is said, but rather what is said you should commit to memory.” These may be the magi of our time, coming from foreign lands or alien ways of thought".

Read the rest of the sermon on the preaching site of the English Dominican friars,