I would like to focus my reflection on the Magi and Herod. The Magi came from distant lands in search of the newly born Jesus. Their guiding light in their search for Jesus was the Star that would eventually guide them to Jesus.
We would see that the Magi or Wise Men were very persistent on their search they never gave-up until they found Him. Then, upon locating Him in a very simple dwelling with His mother Mary they offered their reverence and gifts.
On the other hand there’s Herod who was greatly troubled upon hearing that Jesus was born because he knew based on prophecy that this newly born Jesus is a threat to his kingship.
Relating these events with our lives: We too should be very continual with our hunger for God. The Holy Spirit (Star) is always there to lead us to Jesus. Every morning when we wake-up is a gift from God. Every morning also is a new dawn in our search for God. we grow in faith when we continuously walk with God, we grow in faith when we continuously search for God and for our faith to have meaning it should always be dynamically shared with others. It should not be enclosed inside the walls of our churches.
Like herod who was troubled upon hearing the birth of Jesus, there are those that seems uneasy whenever they hear the name of Jesus, I wonder why? Maybe they don’t have time, maybe they’re afraid that if they listen they will be jolted out of their comfort zones.