1. Ancient stars would shed their light,
Shining bright, both day and night;
Heralding some wondrous birth
Of some god’s descent to earth;
Super heroes — glorified;
By such legends deified.
2. Matthew tells that Jesus’ star
Guides some gentiles from afar;
Herod and so many Jews
Are perplexed by such bad news;
Any new-born king might try
To rebel. He has to die!
3. In this legend full of woe;
Children’s blood begins to flow;
This is so for every age
When such evil powers rage;
Worldly Herods aim to kill
Every Jesus of goodwill.
4. In our mind we travel there;
Can we stay? Are we aware
To remain could change our life?
Herod’s move will lead to strife!
Or will we, like wise men three,
Go back home and let things be?
Tune: Dix (For the beauty of the earth)
Based on Matthew 2:1-23. As well as pointing to a second and greater Moses, this violent legend in Matthew’s Gospel is a political statement about the conflict between the kingdoms of this world and God’s kingdom.