December 16, 2020
” … they went on their way, and the star that they had seen, when it rose, went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. ” Matthew 2:9
So, the star makes a turn south, from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. It is a miracle. There is no other way to explain because stars do not do that. It is against the law of physics and astronomy.
The Three Wise Men from the East have just left Herod, and go follow the Star to a small town in the Middle East. It is not really that far but they have to take all their stuff. They have to make sure that they have the gifts to give the new King.
Then the star stopped. I wonder if the three guys had any fears about what they might find. The star was over Bethlehem, but where do you look for a baby maybe three months old. Bethlehem was small. Maybe there had been other people beside the shepherds who came to look at the Holy Family ? So, maybe the whole town knew about the birth . Maybe Mary got some practical gifts that mother could use ? Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar stopped at the right place, and got off the camels and looked inside.
Tread on bold new paths!
Fireflies flash the direction
Hope springs eternal ! Monica Pieper Landoni 2020