-Share your Blessings, Bummers, and where you have seen Jesus for the week
-Read Matthew 2:1-12
-What is one word or phrase that stood out to you? What image came to mind?
-Read the story again
-What is a story or experience that you have had recently that connects with this story? What is a question you have of this story? What is God trying to tell us in this story?
-Read the passage one more time
-Write and pray a prayer that speaks to what you have shared
Two things that stuck out to me were the phrase "overwhelmed with joy" and "rising"
What does it mean that the star was rising? We're not given an answer but what we can tell is that this celestial event isn't normal. It moves, guides, rises, and signals something important. I also wonder what it means that the Wisemen were overwhelmed with joy. Did it take them a minute to compose themselves before they went in? How long had they been studying this star or keeping watch for an event like this? I'm reminded again through this story that Jesus is recognized as someone special not only by those who are close (the shepherds) but those who are far away. This is even more interesting in light of the fact that the gospel of Matthew was written specifically to speak to a primarily Jewish audience.
King of all Creation, We rest in the mystery of who you are. Help us to seek you as we journey through our life and faith. Remind us of the things that can overwhelm us with joy. Give us strength and grace for the journey. Remind us constantly that we journey with you. All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Question to continue the conversation: How do you think that you shine light for others to see Jesus?
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