Everyone knows people who follow stars. Some people like to wish upon a star with the hope that their dreams will come true. Some follow the lives of celebrities and Hollywood stars and live vicariously through what they say, what they wear and what they do.
But following these kinds of stars will always leave you feeling empty and needing more. The only star that brings true joy and fulfillment is the star that the Magi followed — the star that leads to Jesus.
What happened when the Magi followed the star is called an epiphany, a word that means “to reveal.” They saw the star, felt compelled to follow it, and the Lord revealed himself to the Magi as a newborn baby. The Magi experienced God and bowed down to worship Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Whether we realize it or not, the Lord is always trying to reveal himself to us. The Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) tells us, “It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself” (No. 2).
As He did for the Magi, God sends us “stars”: in the form of people, places and things. When we follow those special stars, we experience God-moments.
Think back on your life to times when you experienced the presence of God. These experiences are epiphanies, when God breaks through the reality of everyday life and fills us with love, grace and peace. An epiphany leaves a lasting impression. It changes you.
Now think about the people who served as a star, leading you to an epiphany moment. Maybe it was your spouse, parents, grandparents, teachers, a priest, friends or your children.
Now think about the times when God used you as a start to lead others to experience the Lord. You can’t create epiphanies for other people, but you can allow the Lord to use you as a star that points the way for them. The only requirement is that you are open to the Holy Spirit and aware of the way that God can work in and through you to touch someone else.
You will quickly discover that when God works through you, it is not just a God-moment for the other person, it is an epiphany for you, too.
Ways to allow God to work through you
- Encourage faith sharing in your family. Tell your children about the times you’ve experienced God. Ask them to share their God experiences.
- Create a faith environment in your home. Make sure your children have prayer books, Bibles and religious articles.
- Pray together as a family when times are good and when times are bad.
- Be constantly looking for ways that God reveals himself in people, places and the world around us.