Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of Sea parish in San Francisco, gave an 11-minute homily on Sunday, January 3.

Father Illo said we have a choice to follow a star like the Magi or to seek to be a star like Herod.

Go to the 6 minute 45 second marker of the video:

“They were converts, these three wise men from the east, probably from Zorastrian religion or other non-Christian beliefs. They became Christians by looking deeply into the heavens. All of us in this new year are concerned about our nation and our church and our personal lives. Try not to worry. Try to look up and not down. When you’re feeling down, look up.”