Today we are reminded of the importance of following Jesus. As we encounter the example of the Magi who followed the star, without knowing exactly where it led, we are reminded that our lives of faith are about following someone. The challenge is that we can choose to follow stars that do not lead to Jesus. We can be tempted by the allure of the popularity of social media, or the tug of consumerism, or the need to be constantly distracted so that we do not ever confront ourselves about areas where we need to convert.
And Herod in today’s gospel reminds us that we can also follow the false star of power. It is not just absolute power like that of Herod, but the power of people who believe they can do it all themselves. The belief that they do not need others. They can go it alone. People can believe they do not need God, and so they do not surrender to God. Then there are the Magi, who follow the star that leads to Jesus. What star will you follow?