«Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him» (Matthew 2:2).
HEAVEN WAS DIFFERENT the day Jesus was born. In the heaven that the Divinity inhabits, everyone was waiting to see what would happen here on our planet: Jesus was about to be born. We know with certainty that Jesus was not born in December, even though people celebrate His birth as if it happened on a day like today. However, what importance could a date have? The important thing is that the Only Begotten Son of God, «being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself» (Philippians 2:6—8). Thanks to His humiliation, we can be saved. Today is a day— like all the other days in the year—that is perfect for giving Him thanks for it.
A star appeared in the sky that night. It was the star of the King of the Jews, a sign in heaven that everyone who was paying attention to the coming of the Messiah should have known how to interpret. It was a sign that God has not left us alone. «When [the Wise Men] saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy» (Matthew 2:10). We know from the Bible account that not everyone was as happy as they were. Neither Herod nor many of the Jewish leaders felt happy. The same thing happens today. Signs of God’s existence surround us everywhere, but not everyone is willing to see them as such or to accept them as a first step to knowing God. What will we do to help them understand what they are seeing? Do we have the love for people that is lacking in order to live in such a way that it leads others to the feet of Jesus?
As for us who have been Christians for years, the Lord uses many signs to tell us that something is not going well in our spirituality; to make us see that we have lost our first love, that we are neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm. We have that lukewarmness that displeases Him so much. It would be a good idea today to stop and ask ourselves: Am I paying attention to «the star» that guides me toward Christ? Have I accepted Him as my personal Savior and is my commitment to Him absolute?