Filed under: Biblical Reflections
You read about it on the first page of your New Testament: “We have seen his star in the east” (Mt 2:2).
You read about it on the last page of your New Testament: “I am…the bright morning star” (Rev 22:16).
You read about it in the first Pope’s letter in the New Testament: “…until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (II Peter 1:19).
Christ’s entry into the world was made known by a star. It was shining in His Father’s heaven while He was growing in His mother’s womb. It was a star of prophecy and Good News, it’s brilliance rivaled only by “the glory of the Lord” which shone around the Angel of the Lord with that “multitude of the heavenly host” announcing the birth of God’s only begotten Son (Lk 2:9-14).
In the last chapter of the last book of the Bible Jesus calls Himself “the bright morning star”. The morning star represents Christ in His glory, but also the Life of Christ – as did the Bethlehem star. The Christian tries to follow the morning star too, as did the three wise men. The Christian Pilgrim follows the star of Christ from Nazareth (where He was conceived), to Bethlehem (where He was born), through all of the events of His life, and especially to that Eastern morn!
There is a daily challenge to the Christian life, but every once in awhile, when we glimpse the loving Heart of Christ (Mt 11:29), or feel His love being poured into our hearts by His Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), or witness His loving presence reflected in another (Jn 13:34), or are struck by the brilliant light of His truth (Jn 8:12, 12:46) we experience His morning star rising in our hearts – and we recall the power of the Risen Lord – and a call to follow wherever this bright Morning Star might lead us…
You read about it in the last (current) Pope’s last Encyclical letter On Hope: “…what can I do in order that others may be saved and that for them too the star of hope may rise?” (#48)
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