Prayer:Holy God, speak to all that keeps me from listening.  Speak to me an Advent message. I sit expectant to hear. Word of God, speak.  Amen.  

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-6
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd[d] my people Israel.’”

Christian evangelist Pastor Paul Begley (I have no idea who he is) predicted that doomsday would strike today, December 21, 2020. (Not exactly sure what to say next… see you latersee some of you later there are lots of options.)  I understand that the evangelist cited the Mayan calendar as well as the alignment of the planets Jupiter and Saturn.  It is true that the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn will be so close together (only 0.1 degree apart) that they’ll form a “double planet” phenomenon or what some are branding a “Christmas star”. But I’m not sure that is enough information for the evangelist even to guess when doomsday will occur.  (I’m betting that I can hang a ceiling fan with the breaker still on and not get shocked before I’ll place a bet on doomsday occurring by the end of the day.)
Astronomers (rather than evangelists) use the word conjunction to describe the meeting of planets and other objects in our sky’s dome. I read that “they use the term great conjunction to describe meetings of Jupiter and Saturn, which are the two biggest worlds in our solar system. Though the two planets will appear spectacularly close together on the sky’s dome now, Jupiter and Saturn are actually 456 million miles (734,000 million km) apart. Saturn is nearly twice as far away as Jupiter.”
What I discovered is that the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions happen every 20 years. But conjunctions aren’t all created equal. Here is what happens tonight. The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226!  We invite you to pay attention and be awed.

Reflection Questions:
What did you observed today that was significant?
What happens when the conjunction of hope, joy, peace and love occur?
What fills you with awe?

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