Herod

           When King Herod heard of the child,
           he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.

                           —Matthew 2.3


Beware the faith that does not trouble the world.
Beware of the false prophets who judge the world
but leave the powerful in their places.
What the Magi believe, Herod understands viscerally:
the Prince of Peace comes
to usurp the power of the princes of this world,
to replace oppression with justice.

The Star of Epiphany is the light of Creation;
for God comes not just to save you
but to remake the world.

Be mindful you follow a dangerous man.
Expect the world to be alarmed at your savior.
Pray for the courage to follow:
surely Herod will retaliate,
for power always resists grace.
The love of power is always frightened
at the power of love.
Know this, and stay faithful.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net