Guided by the star that God gave them, the wise men sought out Jesus in order to worship Him.
From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education
Theme: The star led the Magi to Bethlehem, where they worshiped the infant Jesus. Even though Herod tried to intervene, his plan was disillusioned and God’s plan succeeded.
Scripture: 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. Matthew 2:9
After Jesus was born, some wise men heard that a King had been born. They wanted to find the King so that they could worship and honor him. They went to Jerusalem and asked some priests there if they knew where to find the King. The priests knew where Jesus was to be born, because they had been told by the prophet Micah, so they told the wise men that they would find the new King in Bethlehem. The wise men did not have a map to guide them to Bethlehem, however, they had something even better. God gave them a star to guide them.
So the wise men followed the directions that the priests had given them and followed the star that God gave them and it led them right to Jesus. When they found him, they gave him gifts and bowed down and worshiped him.
Dear Lord Jesus, we seek you today because we want to worship you and crown you as our King. We are thankful for the Bible that we have been given to lead us to you. Amen.
Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes, repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life. Or reflect and possibly journal on the following question: What other “stars” tempt you to follow them?
Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:
Dear Children of the Earth: A letter from Home
Written by Schim Schimmel
Family Discussion: The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is thought by some to be rooted in the gift giving of the Magi. In many cultures, gifts are not exchanged at Christmas, but rather on the feast of the Epiphany. Whenever you exchange your Christmas gifts, take some time to reflect on this tradition of gift giving at Christmas. Think of the best gift you have received. What was it? What made it special? Was it the gift itself, the thought that went into it, or the person who gave it to you?
Read today’s Gospel, Matthew 2:1-12. The gifts of the Magi—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—have come to be understood as symbols of Christ’s royalty, divinity, and eventual suffering and death. They are special because in giving them, the Magi acknowledge who Jesus was to be: our Savior. We pray that we will acknowledge Jesus as Savior in all that we do and say. Conclude by singing together “We Three Kings.”