“When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” vs.10
All around the world star-gazers were out in force on the night of December 21 to observe the “Great Conjunction,” which some were calling the Christmas Star. The planets Jupiter and Saturn had come close together, as close as they’d been in 400 years. Some Christians were saying that this was what the Wise Men had seen as they searched for the infant Jesus some 2000 years ago. Now it is true that the ancients believed that there were portents in the skies, and some among them made predictions based on the movement of the planets. So it’s not strange that some such story would arise in connection with the birth of Jesus. Matthew wanted his readers to know that this birth was no local event, but had connection to the primal forces of the universe. We use the story to celebrate Epiphany, a recognition that in Jesus Light came into the world and that in the Christ our true selves are revealed. Christmas is over now, Christ is in the world, and now it’s our turn to let our lights shine. In us is Light and the Darkness will never overcome it–it’s our calling to take that Light to the nations and spread the news that God is in the land. Redemption is at hand! Kindness and love will win the victory!
Thought for the Day: How can I best light up a room?