Christmas Greeting: Following the Star

Photo courtesy of Rev. Michael Kim

By Rev. Michael Kim

For The Cordova Times

Dear Cordovans,

I wish you all a joyful Feast of Nativity and Happy New Year.

During this pandemic, many of us experienced frustration, but we need to be supported by the hope that Christmas grants us. We know that the Wise Men were guided by the Star to Bethlehem. The story of the Magi inspires us with hope that if we follow the star, we will surely arrive at Bethlehem, like the Wise Men, where we will meet with Jesus.

“Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright!” God did not enter our world at high noon. He entered our lives in darkness, showing us the way to light, guiding us towards love, and demonstrating how to overcome shadows and darkness. So, we need to find the star that the angels tell us. Even when things seem so dark, we can trust the everlasting Christ to enlighten our lives. Never lose hope in God!

Christmas is a time to find the star that our Lord shows us, to overjoy at seeing the star and follow the star with our neighbors. And Christmas is a time to sing together, “silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright!” Let’s find the star in the darkness. Let’s find the hope at all times.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rev. Michael Kim leads St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cordova.