What star is this, with beams so bright, more lovely than the noonday light? ‘Tis sent to announce a newborn king, glad tidings of our God to bring.
This simple and lively carol sheds immense light on the Star of Bethlehem – its inward meaning, its outward presence, and its ultimate purpose.
Yes, it was the star that led the Magi to Israel, and eventually to Bethlehem. However, as is often the case, that star was God’s own invitation made tangibly visible. They used their own knowledge to seek after what the sky portended. Yet, it was their hearts that were drawn by the message from on high.
Though we no longer have the light of this star physically before us, the Light it represents still calls out to all. It is an offer of good news, an offer of new life. That Light will illumine our hearts with a fire that can blaze like the dawn if we let it. Imagine a world where Christ’s Light truly shone forth from all people – just think of the love that would overtake the world.
So, may this be our prayer on the eleventh day of Christmas: O Jesus, while the star of grace impels us on to seek your face, let not our slothful hearts refuse the guidance of your light to use.