The Guiding Star
Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1-15
Dear Community of Christians,
It was the star that guided the three Kings on their path. The star was the sign for the kings to find the right way towards their destiny. We, the people of our time, think of this guiding star as a historical occurrence. We have to go on our way alone, without the guiding star.
Actually, we are guided by a star, our own light filled star, yet, it doesn’t brightly shine as an outer visible light. If we look on the path of our destiny, we can see how many times we were perfectly guided. Sometimes it was a difficult path, and sometimes it is just the right one. Only in retrospect we recognize its guidance. Without this directing impulse of the star, we would never fulfill the task of our destiny. These tasks we have sought out as heavenly guides before our earthly life, and decided to follow. We have grasped this decision pre-natally.
If we actually think about our life situation, we must realize how many times, we are held back from meeting our destiny: from relevant people and important occurrences. Then we can clearly see, it is not the light of our guiding star that hinders us from fulfilling our destiny, these are real, other forces who want to guide us down another path, towards the forces that Herod was driven by. These forces which have driven him to become the murderer of many innocent souls, are still not overcome.
Today, they are once again allowed to have a stronger effect, to draw us away from heavenly light. And that now remains the question, do we let this happen? Do we let ourselves be led away by these forces that seek to overwhelm us? Or can we call upon all the forces at our disposal, and turn our gaze upwards? Only from there can the starlight guide us along the path of destiny we have chosen.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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