They set out; and there ahead of them went the star... – Matthew 2:9
This is an intriguing verse. The Magi thought they had lost their way so they stopped to ask directions. It was only when they got back on the road that the star reappeared. It was missing as they sat in Herod’s palace and waited for the scholars to scan the scrolls. They are being led, not to the splendor of a king’s residence, nor to the crowded courtyards of the Temple, but to a tiny town almost lost to history. Nothing of note has happened in Bethlehem in a thousand years.
In prayer let us reflect on the truth that our Bethlehem star is leading us past the “we’re number one” world into the unknown.