The Star that we must follow Fr Stefan working notes and thughts for his Homily Epiphany

O, Star of wonder, star of night
Star of royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

The Gospel tells us ‘Where is the Newborn king of the Jews? We saw His Star at it rising and have come to do him homage.’ ‘And behold The Star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.’ ‘They were overjoyed at seeing The Star.’

We read in Genesis 1:16 ‘God made two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; he also made the stars.’

Jesus is the greater light. And Mary is the lesser light the moon. Mary reflects the light of the Sun to those who walk in darkness. Mary has no light of her own. Mary as the moon reflects the light of the Sun. We read in the book of Revelation that Mary is clothed with the Sun.

Jesus is also the Star. Jesus say to John in the book of Revelation 22:16 ‘I Jesus have sent my Angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.’

Jesus is the bright morning star
Mary is also called the morning star.Mary is the Morning Star that precedes the Dawn. We read in the Song of Songs 6:10 ‘Who is this that looks like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banner.’

We read in the Psalm 147 4-5 ‘He counts the number of the stars. He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength.’

The prophet Isaiah 40:26 tells us ‘Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars. The One who leads forth their host by number. He calls them all by name. Because of the greatness of His Might and the strength of His Power, not one of them is missing.’

Jesus holds the Stars in His Hand Jesus says in Revelation 2:15 ‘In his right hand he held seven stars and out of His Mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and his face was like the Sun shining in its strength.’ Jesus even tells us in Rev 2 26-28 ‘He who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, I will give him power over the nations. And he shall rule them with with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received power from my father, and I shall give him the Morning Star.’

Why does scripture tell us at the death of Jesus Lk 23:44 ‘It was mow about the sixth hour and their was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while sun light failed.’

All of creation points to Jesus. As the psalm tell us “All of creation proclaims the glory of God.’ But in the end all of creation points to Jesus the true light of the world. The lesser lights give way to the greater light.’

While it is true that we will all shine like the stars in the sky as St Paul tells us. Creation and it beauty only serve as a pointer. Because in Heaven we will not need the suns and the stars to point to Jesus. We will have the True Light. As we read at the end of the book of Revelation ‘And the night shall be no more; they will need no light or lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.’

Jesus will be our True Light
Jesus will be our True Light
Jesus will ve Our True Light


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