Was it really a star that led the Magi to Jesus? Today, Dr. Sri talks about different theories of what could have guided the Magi to the nativity.
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“We as Christians need to believe that we have a God that can do the supernatural.”
“When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy;” – Matthew 2:9-10
Angels as Stars
“As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” – Revelation 1:20
“And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star[a] fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key of the shaft of the bottomless pit; he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.” – Revelation 9:1-2
“And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth;” – Revelation 12:3-4
“and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.” – Mark 13:25
“From heaven fought the stars, from their courses they fought against Sis′era.” – Judges 5:20
“when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” – Job 38:7
“And Ezra said: “Thou art the Lord, thou alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and thou preservest all of them; and the host of heaven worships thee.” – Nehemiah 9:6
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!” – Psalm 148:1-4
“On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished. Then the moon will be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before his elders he will manifest his glory.” – Isaiah 24:21-23
Angels as Guides
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14
“Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared.” – Exodus 23:20
Angels as a Great Brightness
“His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.” – Matthew 28:3
“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14
Angels as Falling Stars
“And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!” – Genesis 28:12
“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendor.” – Revelation 18:1
“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain.” – Revelation 20:1
“His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth;” – Revelation 12:4
Angels Guide Us Too
Just as the angels seemed to guide the Magi to Christ, they are longing to guide us as well. In this Christmas season, let us take the time to pray to our own guardian angels, and ask them to lead us on the path to salvation.
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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.
Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri. Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.
Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.