Our St Chrysostom’s 31 day Bible guide continues. Here is today’s short Bible verse, followed by a question or two, then we see the Bible passage the verse comes from and offer further thought or prayer.
January 2nd: Today’s Bible verse
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Matthew 2:10-11
The wise men knelt down and worshipped.
Where do you find joy in worship? What do you gain from worshiping with others?
Think over a time when you recently attended worship. What encouraged you to worship? Perhaps it was the music, the presence of others, the stillness, words spoken, things seen…
Here is the Bible passage today’s verse comes from: Matthew 1:18-25 The Visit of the Wise Men
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’
When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
When you have read this passage look again at the questions and spend some time in peace and stillness. You may like to say a prayer in your own words expressing some of the thoughts you have had about yourself and worship arising from the Bible verse.
Creator of the heavens, who led the Magi by a star to worship the Christ-child: guide and sustain us, that we may worship you with joy and find our journey’s end in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.