Thursday, January 4, 2018
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Years ago I was traveling to the Upper Peninsula before Christmas. There were two other Sisters with me as we journeyed north. It was already dark and we were over half way to our destination when the headlights went out. Anyone who has traveled north of Woodruff knows it is pretty desolate before reaching the next town. I pulled off the road and we all got out of the car. The darkness was all around us until we looked up into the sky. Have you ever looked into the sky on a clear winter night away from the lights of the city? It is truly an amazing sight. The stars were everywhere –- glittering and dancing in the darkness! After a few minutes, we all got back into the car. We were all silent -– in awe of the beauty we had seen. When I started the engine, the headlights came back on and we were able to continue on. I have not forgotten the beauty of that night sky.
The three visitors in our Gospel on Sunday's Feast of the Epiphany, followed a star to find the Lord of love. Would they have found him if they had not been guided by that star? Didn’t the star lead them throughout their journey?
As I reflected on the stars I saw and the star they saw I thought about all the “stars” in my life -– all the bright, shining stars that have helped me find my way to the Lord of love. I know we all have those stars in our lives -- those who show us love, care, joy, compassion, hospitality, peace -– calling us to do the same as we journey together toward the Lord. Would we find the Lord without them?
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