Magi, King Herod, and Star Wars

Posted: December 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Christmas Story is much more like Star Wars than most depictions on Hallmark cards.

Jedi (Magi) Knights make perilous journeys to search out the latest manifestation of the Force. Opposition to the Jedi comes from the Sith, practitioners of the dark side of the Force. Kings such as Herod seek to destroy all rivals to his dark power and so when trickery does not work he deploys storm troopers to slaughter the innocents.

The Magi return home by a different way, steering clear of Herod and his designs. The darkness and light of the Force are integrally related and easily seep one into the other, as through a permeable membrane. Only the vigilant may resist.

It is out of this deep conflict and unrest that true heroes emerge and many true heroes perish. But in that struggle truth passes on in bold and quiet ways, undeterred even when temporarily vanquished. There is a tomb for the Jedi Knight but also a badge of honor, an eternal place in the Force.

And you thought it stopped with gold, frankincense and myrrh!

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