St. Albert the Great was known as the “teacher of everything there is to know.” A DVD called “The Star of Bethlehem” was screened at St. Albert the Great Parish last night. The film is a lecture by Rick Larson, who uses a scientific approach to explain the star and to determine the dates of Christ’s birth and death.
I wasn’t able to attend the screening at St. Albert. As good luck would have it, the film was shown on EWTN earlier in the evening. I caught the end and then found the rest of it on YouTube. My son used his Wii console to navigate YouTube so we could both watch it on our wide-screen television. The Wii only let us watch it in increments.
According to Larson’s research, the day of the cross was April 3, 33 A.D. Larson found celestial events to place the Annunciation in September of 3 B.C. and the birth of Jesus in June of 2 B.C. He says the Magi saw the star stop over Bethlehem on December 25, 2 B.C.
Immediately following the “The Star of Bethlehem,” EWTN showed “A Star Shall Rise,” a 1952 episode of the TV series “Family Theatre.” I was drawn in by the familiar voice of Balthazar. It was a voice I recognized from countless episodes of “Ironside” and “Perry Mason” that my mother watched when I was young. The man with the beard was Raymond Burr.