Monday, 1 December 2014

The star


Matthew 2:1-2
The Visit of the Wise Men
​Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

The star formed billions of years ago
making its way through the Universe
light age by light age
Singled out
to be the compass point
by which the magi navigated.
Singled out
to light up a dingy corner
in an out of the way place
Singled out 
to confirm good news
told to weary shepherds
Singled out
to lift the ordinary
to the realms of the spectacular
A cosmic accident
born in the collision of gas and clouds
already burning itself out
and in its dying throes
Heralding the birth
of the Son of God.

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