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A Description of the Immense Joy of the Angels that Visited the Shepherds in the Field

The correspondence in the star that the kings followed is a good example of how holiness is the marriage of the natural and the spiritual. With God being born on earth, a great conjunction was restored between heaven and earth. God was physically entering the natural level for the first time. Because of this conjunction, by the law of correspondences, it could not be otherwise that a light would shine in both. The natural is the foundation of the spiritual, and what happens in one must have its counterpart in the other. They are connected so they affect one another, although they are separated by a discrete degree as explained before. In the spiritual world, the Lord always appears to the angels as the spiritual sun. So, in the process of His entering the natural world, light from the star was visible, even in the daylight on earth, for a time. I would conjecture that there may have been some kind of supernova in a star far away that burned so brightly that it could be seen shining in the daylight. The supernova would be a natural correspondence with the spiritual event. Or, I suppose it is possible that the Lord allowed the spiritual sun to be seen for a time, similar to the way He allowed the shepherds and many others to see light from heaven for a time. Either way, it was utterly holy, and it took place according to the law of correspondences.

In the moment of union there is revelation and inspiration, and the light burns brighter just as it did in Mary’s moment of sacred passion. The angels of heaven rejoiced greatly at this new hope for the restoration of good on earth because their great love, desire, and work is for the salvation of others more than anything else. As shown in the story of John the Baptist, the angels of heaven deeply lamented the great darkness that had overcome the earth and that hardly anyone knew the Lord at that time. So, upon receiving the great news that the Lord had taken upon Himself the extraordinary mission of being born on earth in order to save the world, their rejoicing was great beyond measure. The light from the star seen on earth was only the tip of the iceberg; it was a bleeding over, so to speak, of the immense joy and light bursting forth in heaven for the sake of earth. The divine itself was entering the natural world – the greatest event in history – and the star was the manifestation of the glory of this brightly burning union. The gospels give us an idea of how the rejoicing of heaven poured over into the natural world. At the time Jesus was born shepherds keeping watch in a field were visited by an angel. The angel was accompanied by bright light that suddenly immersed the shepherds during the night, and the angel spoke to them the joyous message that a savior was to be born in Bethlehem that very night. In Luke:

And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising
God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
So it was, when the angels had gone away
from them into heaven. (Luke 2:13-15)

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