The journey of the
wise men or magi is one of the favourite stories of the gospel. It’s a story of
the journey of life, of guidance on the way, of delight in finding faith and
God, of the intrigue of a greedy and jealous king, and of the good beating the
bad. We like the end of the story when the wise men outwitted
STAR, AT BEGINNING
The star started
them on the journey and then guided them to the end. Like our faith. The star
which shone at our baptism is the promise of God to guide us through life. Faith
grows through the ordinary events of life. What can seem ordinary happenings can
be extraordinary grace - the birth of a child in your family, the first time
you fall in love, the people you meet who make a big difference in your life,
success in a job, becoming a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle, anything creative
in your life is a gift of grace from God.
The presence of your
star may strike you when on a retreat and you learned to pray, a time you felt
in vocation or any other way you really helped some people, or really listening
and talking with someone and you realise you’re not the only one in life with
At bad times when
the star seemed dim but people helped - bereavement, crime in the family,
addiction to drugs or drink, involved in suicide or abuse, illness - all the
small and big awful things that darken life and dim the star. But still can you
ask then - what was and what is your star? The light of faith is bright in the
good and bad times of life. The word of God and the help of another is the star
lighting your journey.
Each of us has our
own personal star guiding us - the star of prayer, love, friendship, support…the
star has a different name at different times. Be grateful for your star - and
be grateful that you have been a star for others. In the book of God, each of
us is a star.
Guide us, O God, and
protect us kindly now, and at the hour of death. Amen.