“Searching For the Newborn King”
How do I seek out the Lord? What is the best way for me to draw closer to Him?
Jesus, show me the paths that lead me to you.
“We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”
What beacons of light and hope shine in my life? Am I actually looking for them? Who are the people that lead me to Christ?
Lord, thank you for the people you put in my life—family, friends, spiritual leaders, and fellow pilgrims. Help us to find ways to strengthen each other in our journey toward you.
“And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Whom do I say Jesus is? What does his birth mean to me? In all the noise and clutter of this world, am I taking enough time to reflect on life’s most important questions?
Jesus, in your mercy and love, continue to guide me toward my life’s purpose. Give me the courage to do Your will.
“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.”
Whom do I follow? What things or ideas do I pay most attention to? What are the signs that point me to you?
God, help me to recognize you in all things. Teach me how to stay focused on what is holy and good. Remind me to look for your light when faced with difficult situations or decisions. Guide my thoughts and actions.
“They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary, his mother.”
In what ways can I model the Holy Family?
Jesus, help me to choose happiness. Let me be content with the person I am; the person you created. Help me to accept the circumstances of my life with joy.
“Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
What are the things I value most? Do I take those “treasures” for granted? How can I show gratitude for my life?
Lord, thank you for loving me. Help me follow you faithfully. Continue to show me ways in which I can be a gift for others. You are my treasure. Amen.