Today we begin a series of blog reflections to help us to pray and reflect on our faith journey at the beginning of a New Year. To do this we are focusing on the journey of the Magi (Wise men). We celebrate their coming to Bethlehem on The Feast of the Epiphany (the Sunday closest to January 6th).
Our reflections this week are to help us see new light, and give us strength to journey forward. We try to be still as we read this, and take our time. Pause and ask for openness to God’s light.
Reading: 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. (Matthew 2.1-2)
Reflection: The wise men would have seen many stars, but this one was different, it stirred them to action, and guided them to leave their homes and journey.
What ‘star’ stirs you to move forward today? What new light or inner prompting is inspiring you? Can you recognise and name that light?
For the wise men, for us, following the star is a movement to discovering Christ. It is a journey of faithfully following the light, even in times of difficulty.
Pray: Put yourself in God’s presence. Be still and stay with your reflection on this passage. Don’t hurry. Notice what has moved you. Pray that you may discern and follow God’s light.