Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1 (KJV)
In recent days we have been directed to look at the uncommon confluence of the planets Jupiter and Saturn. While they appear close every 20 years or so, this year they come as close together as they have been since 1623. It is quite a phenomenon. I don’t know if these planets came together like this some 2000 year ago forming the “Christmas Star”- the one that led the Wise Men seeking Jesus to his location. Actually, I doubt it. However, this year, a celestial occurrence is welcome, no matter what.
The point is, there was a star of some kind that heralded the birth of Jesus. That light in the sky announced the birth of the “Light of the World”. Life cannot happen without light. We are reminded that light breaks the power of darkness. The light of truth breaks the darkness of lies.
I am so glad that we have been treated to the movements of Jupiter and Saturn this year. The stars and planets move in their patterns, and once in a while, they can give needed meaning to us on earth when we need to see a special light.
Prayer: Thank you Father for the light you provide to us, from the heavens, when we are so in need of that light, Amen