The story of the Magi’s visit to Jesus reminds me of how much guidance I can receive–if I pay attention.
God, thank You for the many ways you communicate. May I be increasingly sensitive to understanding.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV)
Invitation to Prayer:
What guidance do you need? What help have you already received? What are you going to do next?
The Kings Journey and meeting with Jesus and Mary on the North Porch (1194-1220) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Other posts in this series:
The Nativity (1): Christmas Love
The Nativity (2): Touching
The Nativity (3): Pondering Jesus’ Birth
The Nativity (4): Blessing
The Nativity (5): Animal Companions
The Nativity (6): Touching God
The Nativity (7): A Mother’s Prayers
The Adoration of the Shepherds: I Have You in My Heart