Day 19

Day 19

Matthew 2:1-2 

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 

A Needle in a Haystack

It must have felt like looking for a needle in a haystack. Or, if you’re an astronomer, looking for that one special speck of light in dark ‘space’ – that’s what these Wise Men were doing. How long did it take for these astronomer-astrologers to spot something different? And yet they noticed something new. 

Next stage, what does this mean, if anything? The movement of the stars told astrologers stories; they then linked these with other stories and histories. This particular pinprick of light rang a bell with them – a significant king, perhaps even divine, was coming into the world. But where? So off to important places to find out. They arrive in Jerusalem – and the rest is history. 

In our 21st Century world, it’s hard to see even small signs of God, with the noises of war, famine, and natural disasters. It’s like looking for that needle or speck of light.  What we can do is look at the whole to see how it links to our wider Christian story, the story of our God’s dealings with humanity. And what did the Wise Men find? – the Light. 

Mark R-S

  • Church of England.
  • Diocese of York.