Reading and Prayer: December 23

December 23: Matthew 2:7-10

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

Prayer: Dear God, the star of Christmas pointed the Magi to you. There are so many things in our world that draw our attention away from you – distractions as numerous as the stars in the sky. Help us to discern, among all that we see, feel and experience, those things which lead us to you, and to the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love only you can give. Amen.