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Star of Wonder - Gift of God - Blessing for All People
Epiphany Blessings on all of us as we remember and celebrate this feast for all people. We are Gentile and Jew, people of all nations, faith-filled folks from near and far away. Whatever our language, whatever our various expressions of worship, we belong to God who is Gift to all of us. Epiphany reminds us that we are family; we are international family! Imagine that!
A bible phrase has been hovering over my mind and heart during these moments of reflection. It is "if you but knew the Gift of God." I find in this Gospel phrase an invitation to look beyond the ordinary in our lives and to find the blessing of the unexpected Gift of God, the miracle of Jesus' presence which has gifted us everyday and everywhere. We will be saying to one another as surely as the Wise Men were saying to one another, "Do you see what I see?" For them it was: a star, a STAR, shining in the night! For each of us, our star-struck Gift of God will bless us from the inside out. We will know that God is near. Imagine that!
Epiphany Star Students: Wise men: Magi, if you please, Astrologers from the East.Star-study, their ministry; the sky, their working place. They watched and waited night by night for sky signs of blessings new, and for special stars for interpretation.
Miracles still happen, at least so I believe. On this night in their distant homeland, they continued their sky search until ...Lo and Behold! Wonder of Wonders! A Miracle? The sky was boasting a new star vision: a bright and beautiful Star unlike any light-blest, sky-born beauty ever seen before! The Magi were so excited about this incredible find that they danced for joy! Music or no music, their feet were tuned into an inner rhythm, and a soul-filled melody of the Star's special Gift of God. Imagine that!
These Wise Men knew they had to follow that Star. It was their ministry. Their study of Astrology had revealed to them that a new-born king of the Jews had blest the earth. The story had only just begun as the Magi prepared their camels for departure. A long, long journey was ahead of them. We are told that it probably took a year or two to get to Bethlehem from their quarters in the East. But they were intent on visiting the new-born king of the Jews which their star study had revealed. Imagine that!
All went well until the Star stopped over Jerusalem. The Magi also stopped to ask directions: "Where is the child born to be king of the Jews?" King Herod was quick to respond. He requested that the Magi let him know when they found the child. Meanwhile, the Magi found their way to the child Jesus and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. God warned the Magi to return to the East by another route, which they did with happy memories and wonder-filled thoughts of the blessing of the new-born child Jesus. Imagine that!
That Star led -trip was for then and also for now, for there and also for here, for you and for me! We follow our star - beckoned dreams that have led us to our various glimpses of God that the scholars suggest and which we have discovered in so many scriptures, in so many places, in so many people. Imagine that!
- May your star-filled memories and wonderings continue to shine in your hearts.
- May you find echoes of God's Goodness in your companions on the journey.
- Bless and be blessed with the Gift of God!