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Do you remember the Claymation Christmas special? It was aired in 1987 and won an Emmy. In celebration of Epiphany, this YouTubevotional includes their version of the hymn “We Three Kings.”
- Read Matthew 2: 1-12. Compare the reading with the video. What do you notice?
- The Magi follow the star to the house where Mary and Joseph and the Christ child are. How much courage do you image it took for the Magi to follow the star?
- According to Matthew 2:11, what did the Magi do when they saw the Christ child?
- There is a saying that goes, “Wise men still worship him.” What do you think this phrase means?
- According to Matthew, how many gifts are brought? How many Magi? What do you make of the difference?
- The Magi are warned in a dream not to return to King Herod. In what ways does God communicate with us?
- Read Matthew 2:13-15. How would you react to Joseph’s dream?
- In fleeing to Egypt to survive the terror of King Herod, the family becomes refugees. Have you ever considered the holy family as refugees? What does it mean to you that Jesus was a refugee?
This little story in the birth narrative of Jesus Christ is loaded with action. And with major themes for us today from leaders using fear to govern to families seeking refuge from the slaughtering of a fear-filled leader.
But what strikes me the most is the amount of faith it took the Magi to follow a star by the dark of night to worship the Light of the World. By doing so, they pierced the darkness just enough for transformation to be possible. The Magi may have had a limited role, but it has a lasting impact on the greater story.
It is a reminder to us that we do not have to do big, huge, things to punch holes in the darkness. Every little act of light makes a lasting impact.
In the midst of the darkness that we find ourselves today, we must ask ourselves if we have the courageous faith of the Magi to follow and worship. Will we follow the star of wonder and night as it guides us to the perfect Light? And will we be faithful in piercing the darkness? Are we willing to punch holes in the darkness?
Lord, may we have the courage to follow your light and be faithful in punching holes in the darkness. Amen.
Consider what areas of darkness in your community or the globe at large that concerns you. What gifts or passions do you have that could pierce this darkness with light?