As we enter this time of thanksgiving and preparation to remember the birth of our Lord, let us begin a series on titles of Jesus. We won't get around to all of them, even all the ones in the New Testament, but we will learn more about Jesus by meditating on the descriptors used for him by the various authors. Learning more about Jesus in turn enriches our prayer life and helps us to praise him.
The book of Revelation is an excellent source of vivid images of Jesus and our first title is Morning Star taken from 22:16. "I am . . . the bright Morning Star." The image of the morning star or the rising sun, the light that shines in the darkness is threaded throughout Scripture. In the Old Testament it is a promise of the one to come. In the New Testament it refers both to Jesus birth and to his return. Until the glorious day of his return, we have the light of Scripture and the inspiration or light of the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and guide our way.
For Reflection: Think of the Morning Star as you make transitions throughout your day. For other New Testament references see Luke 1:78, Ephesians, 5:14, 2 Peter 1:19 and Revelation 2:28.
Let us pray. Jesus, you are the bright Morning Star, the light of my life, the dispeller of darkness. Your are my lamp, my flashlight, my illuminator. You are the brightness in every dark day.
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.