I really love the time from Christmas Day to Epiphany (January 6). Sister Joan Chittister wrote that some think that Christmas Day is the destination. However, she explained, it really is just the beginning of the journey. To squeeze Christmastide into one day does not give us time to ponder the mystery and grow into the fullness of this time. Christmas is not about keeping an efficient schedule. It is about taking the much time to deepen our prayers.
We know there are still many Herods in our world. Sometimes even our own egos can be that tyrannical. Yet, we can take in the story of Christmas, and hopefully learn to trust that Emmanuel, God is With Us, is still guiding us on paths of love and understanding that lead us into new ways of being in this world. We need not be afraid. Like the Magi, we can follow our star.