AHSCKNYE – The Miracle of Stars

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, January 7, 2018, we wrapped up our mini-Via theme of AHSCKNYE, which stands for Advent, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years and Epiphany. We celebrate all of these traditions at Jubilee! Circle, recognizing the depth and the breadth of the spiritual expressions of humanity. Below is an excerpt from the Jan. 7, 2018 sermon celebrating the miracle of stars, along with a link to the sermon audio.

Readings:
From the Hebrew scriptures: Isaiah 60:1-3,6: Arise, shine, your light has come
From the Jesus Story: Matthew 2:1-12: When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
A Course in Miracles, Lesson 156: The light in you is what the universe longs to behold.

Song used in the sermon: Miracle by David Wilcox


In our Jesus story, we meet King Herod and the three wise men who are following that star to the manger in Bethlehem. While King Herod may have been a real, historical figure playing his role in this story, the true power of this story lies not in its history, but in its truth.

These wise men, whether they are based on real people or not, were magi, or magicians. These magi saw through the illusions of this world. They saw through the tricks the ego plays on us, and understood the reality of our inner light — that higher self we all possess. They probably were not at all shocked to find an innocent child at the end of their journey, because if we all embark on this journey of following our inner light, we, too, will find an innocent child.

Our true self is our holy innocence … the place inside each of us that knows no judgment, no fear, no pain, no prejudice. This holy innocence knows nothing of the ego’s schemes and plans. Instead, this holy innocence knows only love.

So very few of us even notice this inner light, let alone set out to follow it to the holy innocence that lies waiting for us to come, discover and revere it. But, there are more and more wise men and women developing the eyes to see the star and follow. Those who grow weary of waiting on miracles are now actively seek them out.

They are starting to see the world with the infinite eyes of those magic magi bearing the gifts of our own human capacity for love and peace. Those wise men came to their inner innocence bearing gifts. While we may think frankincense, gold and myrrh are odd things to give a child, each of these gifts is significant as we seek to overcome ego and live into our true selves.

Frankincense is a powerful resin that, according to herbal experts, can be used to ease anxiety, tension and depression, and bring us into mental clarity. Gold is that substance within each of us that can never be corrupted … our inner divine self that shines no matter how many layers of ego we heap upon it.  Myrrh was used to clean wounds and is associated with the feminine essence of nurturing and Mother Earth.

So, what the magi brought to that tiny Jesus were gifts that we can still use today to bring us clarity, to open our infinite eyes so we can perceive our own inner gold, along with a reminder that we are all creations of this universe, all made of the same stuff as the stars above us and the ground beneath our feet.

Ultimately, these wise men symbolize the creative energy and essence within all of us, constantly bringing us the gift of connection with our true self. It’s up to use to see the gifts and accept them.

Breathe deeply.

Listen to the full sermon.

Listen to the full celebration.

Here’s your assignment this week: I invite you, Jubilants, to accept the gifts of the wise ones that live within you, that creative, divine energy within us all that constantly offers us the gift of connection to our True Self. When we follow that energy, that star within, we can have our own epiphany any time of the year, that ah-ha moment where we understand, on a deep level, that we were born to become light itself in this world. I invite you this week, shine your light of divinity in the world, because that’s what this world needs – more divine light. Because when we shine, others can shine too and the whole world can say:  “Oh, Yeah!”

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