The Star of Bethlehem

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Father Joel de los Reyes

Perhaps some of us still remember the feast of The Three Kings or the Magi traditionally celebrated every 6th of January. There may be varying opinions among biblical historians regarding their number, however, we’re certain that these were wise men who came from the East according to biblical accounts. The star they saw at its rising preceded them and when it stopped at the place where the Child was, they did 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 precious Child born in the manger, Jesus, Son of God and Savior of all mankind. Undoubtedly, the star was God’s guiding sign and in the same token, our faithfulness and submission to Him will lead us to great discoveries of what he has stored for us, enlighten us as we walk in the darkness of our life’s travails and troubles.

… 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. Take note that being humble is more important than being wise, because God doesn’t need a proud mouth that speaks much, but a kind heart that listens.”

Like the wise men, we too are longing for Jesus and we also have seen a star, even stars in human forms like sports and movie stars, and sometimes we even think of ourselves as stars too especially when we have accomplished something with so much pride and egotism. The big difference between them (wise men) and us lies in the fact that they were able to unload and share their treasures while we hold tight to our titles, possessions and positions making it hard for us to stoop down in humility and lowliness. Our sense of spiritual value has been badly 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 and starting point of the Magi’s search, they found Him, but many of us end up following a wrong direction because we started from a wrong point in the first place, ourselves.

Begin the day with God and we’ll surely attain our intended goals and objectives for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Let us be wise to start the day with love in our heart for experience tells us that when the heart is full of love, we can appreciate the heat of the sun for it dries our grain and our clothes, we’ll love the rain for it waters our plants and parched lands, we’ll endure sadness since it opens our soul to God for His mercy, we’ll appreciate obstacles for they are our challenges. Furthermore, with love in our heart we will search for cue to applaud and find excuses not to gossip, and when we feel the urge to praise, we’ll say it on top of our voice.  Isn’t it that the birds of the air, the animals of the land and 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?

Despite the darkness of the night while at sea, fishermen are able to go back to shore because of the position of the stars in the sky that they follow. We, too, walk in darkness in life as we grope for solutions to our problems, search for truth and justice when we fall victim to abuse and discrimination, we search for support in our abandonment, comfort in our sadness, strength when our faith weakens, encouragement when we’re down and many other predicaments of life down the road. Trusting the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, our merciful Lord that is, we will survive the tempest of life, and surely find the right direction and decision.

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. Take note that being humble is more important than being wise, because God doesn’t need a proud mouth that speaks much, but a kind heart that listens. Let’s learn to give not because we have much, but because we know exactly how we feel to have nothing. Bear in mind that the greatest faith is when you don’t get what you want, but still you are able to 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!