Guiding Stars

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 01/02/2014

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Epiphany Sunday–Cycle A
January 5, 2014

“We saw his star at its rising and have come to give him homage.”
(Matthew 2:2b)

Guiding Stars

Magi—political advisers to Kings yearned for restoration of true Persian kingship.
Matthew reshaped the story known in his time.
He recalled the entourage sent by Tiridates so men of the East could “bend to Nero” and accept their own
Crowns of Kingship.

Magi from the East must have also been “stargazers.”
Seeing the brilliant star was not an ordinary star, but a star sign.
The Eastern Magi went to “bend to the newborn King,” and offer gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh.

Journey begun.
Days and perhaps months across the desert, meeting problems:
…desert heat,
…scarcity of water,
…thieves robbing caravans.

We, too, make journeys, meet problems and other challenges.
What guides us?
Who guides us?
Where do we “bend to the newborn King?
When do we find time to kneel before the King of Kings?

“They’ve found…! But they also took the pains to look…Hadn’t they?” (Unknown)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Take time to reflect on and answer the questions within the prayer poem.
  2. What do you admire most about the Magi?
  3. Why are hardships on our journeys real blessings?
  4. What kind of options might work for those experiencing hardships?
  5. Do you take time to thank and praise those who guide you on your journey?
  6. Why are the tabernacles in our churches a good place to stop on our faith journey?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sister Kathleen Tobin January 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
I especially liked the two questions in the last stanza of your poem. “What guides us? Who guides us? ” With these two questions comes the suggestion that we kneel and bow before the tabernacle. Here is a good place to ponder these questions. Of course the other place I will want to go is to the Epiphany crib where I can ponder and appreciate the three wise men and their journey.
Sister Kathleen


Juliemarie January 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

Thank you, Kathleen. Your suggestions of places to answer the questions are good.


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