Day 20

Day 20

Matthew 2:10-11 

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. 


Overwhelming Joy

I’ve always found the story of the magi and the star intriguing and mysterious – especially the bit about how the star somehow leads them from Jerusalem to Bethlehem – which isn’t far, it’s just a few miles.  And then it somehow stops where Mary and Joseph and Jesus are staying, as if it was somehow hovering over the place.  (All the films and TV stories etc have it shining down like a searchlight on the stable – but of course that isn’t actually how stars behave, however bright).   

And who are they, these mysterious strangers?  What had motivated their long journey, and what was going through their minds, as they reached Bethlehem?  In these verses we do get some insight into that: they are overwhelmed with joy!  Perhaps it was relief that their long journey had turned out to be worthwhile after all – but it seems to be more than that.  There’s something in the child they met that brings them that overwhelming joy, and moves them to pay homage – the homage that they might offer to a king on a throne, not a baby in a feeding trough.  Perhaps we too may be able to recognise something in the baby, and in the man he became, that causes us to worship, and can bring us also that overwhelming  joy.


  • Church of England.
  • Diocese of York.