Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Jan. 7, 2024

Reflection for Jan. 7, 2024

On the road to Jesus

The Magi's diligent search for and homage to Jesus calls us to do the same

by Renae Bauer

Whenever the Northern Lights are forecast to be visible here, the advice is the same: Find a dark location, away from light “pollution,” then give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness. This has me thinking about “seeing” or connecting with Jesus, our guiding star. To sense His presence, it helps to be away or take a break from the distractions of our daily lives. It helps to quiet ourselves so our hearing can adjust to Jesus’ frequency.

This weekend, as we hear about the Magi seeking the newborn king, may we, too, seek and be overjoyed by the Good News.

Reflection questions: 
  1.  What helps you to diligently search for Jesus?
  2. How does an encounter with Jesus change  your route in life?
  3. Have you ever thought of the smaller stars in the sky as the saints lighting the way for the one true star, Jesus?


Rev. William J. Jacobs, Jr.
01/05/2024 6:36 am

Well Done, Sister! I like it! Thanks for the thoughts!

01/05/2024 8:32 am

Thank you for this reflection comparing the watching of the Northern Lights and taking a break to see Jesus. Good questions comparing the seeing the stars and searching for the Jesus, the one true star. Great reflection for the Feast of Epiphany!

Sister Laura Zelten
01/05/2024 9:10 am

I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights. This week I was able to spend time with 24,000 stars. Seek24 was a bright light in the darkness … it gave great hope for our Church. Thanks for your thoughts Renae.

01/05/2024 9:26 am

A beautiful image to pray with. A night sky filled with stars might well be the saints calling to us, directing our steps. Especially in These Times when even the day-time skies have been nothing but gray and without light through most all of December and into January.

Perhaps we are being called to be "lights on the earth." Even "lights FOR the Earth." For Earth is the dwelling place of God, as Emmanuel, God-With-Us. With such human suffering happening upon this Earth, how can we fulfill this promise?

The One Who Is the "BRIGHT MORNING STAR" (Rev. 22:16) must not only come to show us The Way. We, ourselves, must open to It.

Thank you, Renae, for helping us "see."

Debra Haven
01/05/2024 12:40 pm

An Encounter with Christ steers us back on course to Simplify our sometimes complicated life. And give him a room Inn our hearts.

Let the Saint Stars be our constant companions.

Thank-You this inspiration to see.

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