The Star of Bethlehem

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In the past, the feast of the Three Kings or the Magi was celebrated every 6th of January. There are varying opinions among biblical scholars regarding their number. These were “wise men came the East” according to biblical accounts (Mt. 2:1). They saw the star at its rising and have come to do him homage and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Being wise they could have rationalized or entertained some thoughts about the nature of the star’s movement or position as to the exactness of its direction. But they simply abided with it, and followed wherever it led them.

Their faithful submission to the star’s guidance paid off with the greatest discovery of all time, the Holy Child born in the manger, Jesus, Savior of all mankind. Undoubtedly, the star was God’s guiding sign, and likewise, our submission to him will lead us to great discoveries he stored for us, light up the dark paths of our life’s travails.

Like the wise men, we, too, are longing for Jesus, but sometimes, we get distracted by our own self-made star when think of ourselves as stars, too, driven by pride over our -accomplishments.

The big difference between Magi and us is that they were able to share their treasures while we hold on to our titles, possessions, and positions, making it hard for us to stoop down in humility.

Our sense of spiritual value is sometimes tarnished by our self-conceitedness that we can no longer recognize Jesus, the real Superstar, in the person of the needy and the weak around us.

Since the Messiah was the driving force and starting point of the Magi’s search, they found him. Many of us end up following a wrong star with wrong direction because we started from a wrong point in the first place – ourselves.

Begin the day with God and with love, and we’ll attain our desired goals for he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. With God in our heart, we can appreciate the heat of the sun for it dries our grain and clothes; we’ll love the rain for it waters our plants and parched lands; we’ll endure sadness since it opens our soul to the mercy of God.

With God in our heart, we will be generous with praise and stingy with criticism. Isn’t it that the birds of the air, the animals of the land, the fish of the sea, and nature itself have their own song of praise for their Creator? Can’t we humans, created with wisdom, not sing the same music to our God?

Traditional navigators still use the stars’ formation as compass. We look for solutions to our problems, we seek the truth and encouragement when we’re down. Trusting the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, God that is, we’ll find the right direction in life.

On the flip side, someone said that life is hard, but God provides; life is unpredictable, but God guides. Life is unfair, but God cares; life is always a challenge, but God sustains.

Being humble is better than being wise, because God doesn’t need a proud mouth that speaks much, but a kind heart that listens.

Let’s give not because we have much, but because we know exactly how we felt to have nothing. Great faith is when you don’t get what you want, but still say, “Thank you, Lord.” Amen on that folks!

St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words: “Be at peace, my daughter, it is through such misery that I want to show the power of my mercy.”

Happy Three Kings!