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Monday, December 30, 2013

Following Yonder Star


The heavens offer a star. See its ray of light descending upon the Child in the tomb-bed. The veil between heaven and earth has been pierced and God has joined us in the dark night. In the ancient world a star indicated a royal birth. But a star is also one of the first things we see after a stormy night as the clouds break. And so stars are signs of restored hope. 

Here, a star gives direction and leads to the fulfillment of our deepest searching.  The traveling magi have found the One they've sought. See them on the far left of the icon, wide-eyed and bowing. Stars have their own light and Jesus will tell us that he is LIGHT for the world. That includes my own little world.

O Christ our Savior, shed your light upon the path I have to tread.


  1. This season just makes the whole world seem just a little brighter. Jesus, be my light all year.

  2. This is a magnificent reflection on the blessed star that lit the path to the Christ Child and that guides us throughout our lives. Even when we are on the darkest path, eventually the rays of light will break through and illuminate our path.

  3. "O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect Light."  How true your words are Father. They will guide me like the starlight.

  4. Sometimes I feel like the magi, searching, seeking, looking for the blessing of the Christ Child. This reminds me that I already have it. We musn't foeget these simple teachings that mean the wworld of difference if we pay attention.

    1. Epiphany is coming up in early January. When the Intercessions are posted be sure to notice the flower at the top. It is lovely and white and called "Star of Bethlehem." Before the Protestant Reformation in the 1500's all the flowers in Europe had Marian connotations - Star of Bethlehem, Marigold and Lady's Slipper were somehow salvaged. Oh, and Madonna Lily.