The star of Bethlehem rises in each person's life. The star may rise in the form of God's whisper (see 1 Kgs 19:12), a miracle, a tragedy, a surprise, a revelation, a person, or a prayer. When we observe the star rising, we must follow it to Jesus. Despite the sacrifices and persecutions which we must undergo in following the star, we must "rise up in splendor" when our "light has come" (Is 60:1).
It is so easy to be a spiritual "couch potato." Our natural tendency is toward inertia. It is exhausting and painful to follow the star. It's so much easier to stare at the TV and settle for the darkness. "The judgment of condemnation is this: the light came into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were wicked" (Jn 3:19). "See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears His glory" (Is 60:2).
"The light is among you only a little longer. Walk while you still have it or darkness will come over you" (Jn 12:35). "While you have the light, keep faith in the light" (Jn 12:36). "Awake, O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light" (Eph 5:14). Compelled by love (2 Cor 5:14), follow the star.