A Stellar Consideration

From the very beginning of Genesis we are told that, among the many things, God “also made the stars.1  Since then, generations of people from all over the Earth have continued to be in awe of their beauty.  So much so, that in ancient times Moses told his people “not be enticed into bowing down to them.2  No, the stars are signs of God’s immense goodness and, showing forth his glory, point us to Him.  One star has done this is in a most striking way.  Upon seeing the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Men ask “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.3  This Star was not shining to proclaim its own glory, but shone so as to lead others to worship God.  Even centuries later, the Christmas Star continues to call out to generations, urging us to find the One who was born to save us.  And just as we can follow the star’s path, we can also follow the star’s example by shining out the light of Christ to others and lead them to worship Him too.  As the prophet Daniel says: “those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.4  May we become ever more wise men and women who shine forth the light of God, leading many others to Him this Advent and forever.

1 Genesis 1:16
2 Deuteronomy 4:19
3 Matthew 2:2
4 Daniel 12:3