We Discover “our Star” in the Ordinary Course of our Daily Lives

We Discover “our Star” in the Ordinary Course of our Daily Lives

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“… behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.”

Perhaps you’ve seen the touching Christmas episode of The West Wing which first aired several years ago but has since been repeated.

A few days before Christmas, Toby Ziegler, the President’s sarcastic and sardonic communications director, receives a call from the Washington D.C. police asking if he knows a homeless man who had died in the cold the night before. Toby has no idea who the man is. The police find Toby’s card in the coat the man was wearing — Toby had given the coat to a shelter a long time ago. Toby discovers that the man was a decorated Vietnam veteran; his only survivor is a brother who also lives on the streets. Toby uses his Presidential connections to arrange for the man’s internment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Christmas Eve. Continue reading

Epiphany,The Three Wise Men

These men are not to be confused with the wise guys. There is nothing foolish about them and it would be safe to say that there would be no bad jokes in their repertoire. Rather, they took special note of a star and followed it wherever it went. It is reminiscent of the Israelites wandering in the desert, following the pillar of cloud in the day and pillar of fire at night in Egypt. This is a very serious commitment. They could have traveled up to two years to see this child. They left their home, and safety to literally God knows where. Continue reading