Christmas: Day 21-The Star

Christmas: Day 21-The Star

Day 21. December 21, 2019

Nativity Companion: The Star

Opening Prayer:

Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to your perfect light. AMEN.

Scripture:

Luke 2:8-12 (NRSV).

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

Reflection from Tony Jones

It’s funny sometimes to hear astronomers talk. They’ll say things like, “That star is in our neighborhood,” by which they mean our galactic neighborhood. By which they mean that star is just a few light years from us, rather than a few thousand light years from us.

The closest neighbor star to our Sun is 25,300,000,000,000 miles away. If we ever figure out how to travel at light speed, it’ll take 4.3 years to get there. (Driving at 60mph would take 48 million years.)

So we might think that the stars in our corner of the Milky Way are our neighbors. Or maybe we should consider all of the 150 billion stars in the Milky Way our neighbors since there are untold number of other galaxies in the universe — and maybe more universes in the cosmos beside this one that we inhabit, so maybe all the stars in our universe are our neighbors.

Mindboggling, isn’t it? And even more so that one out this nearly infinite number of neighbor stars made itself known to Magi and guided them to a unique child with a unique promise: to love this little planet enough that all might be saved.

Questions for Consideration.

  • Tonight, go outside and look at the stars. As you do, pray with wonder and gratitude to the God who love us all, including you.
  • How does thinking of the ordering of the stars impact how you understand what it means to be a good neighbor? Who then is your neighbor?

Closing Prayer.

God, might we carry with us the wonder of Christmas and the knowledge that your love is both galactic and universal, while also small and particular enough to encompass us. AMEN.