Like those shepherds who were on the hillsides
with their flocks,
like those wise ones in their observatories
with their telescopes and astronomical charts,
we find our daily work interrupted by these holidays.
Like them, we can’t keep on working,
we have to listen to singing angels,
we have to deal with the call of that special star.
The little town of Bethlehem is thronged
with people who have come to be taxed,
crowding streets and shops,
and we have to find our way to an unknown place
where a wonderful new beginning awaits.
What precious new beginning are you seeking this night?
For what do you push through crowds?
What have the angels told you?
What is the call of the star?