19. The wise men left Herod, and followed the star all the way to Jesus.
Herod was a celebrity of his day. Even though a puppet of Rome, he was famed and favoured, heralded as a leader and head of state; presumably rich and powerful. The Christmas story is full of the opposites that humanity tries to follow and comes up short. The wise men head for Herod seeking the ‘child born to be King’ and are disappointed with what they find. In their wisdom they follow the star and in their wisdom they find a celebrity fraud; a shell of what they seek.
Later and in a similar fashion, John the Baptist asked those seeking the Christ, ‘Who/what are you looking for?’ When we seek we will find -“All the way to Jesus.”
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2. God made all things: the sky and the land, the heavens and the earth; and they were good.
I recall a response that always comes to mind when I hear the phrase: “God is good!” My knee jerk reaction is, “All of the time!” When you look at the creation stories the regular phrase used is, “and God saw that it was good.” Advent is a time when we may look at all that is amiss in the world but recognise that ‘goodness’ is an element of the spirit of God. An Advent theme is repentance but also an acknowledgment that we seek what is good in the world, that even in the tainted and ugly situations we may bring the lovely and good. Jesus found the kernel of his Father’s goodness and grace in the most unlikely of people.
Today look at the most tainted events in the news and look for God’s grace embedded there, pray that goodness may prevail.