Today we travel with the wise men who prompt us to understanding the need to take a different route to witness to the light. Rather than a quaint scene with
figurines we look upon the manger this day after hearing of the king Herod who has a dark plan ahead. The tension while indisputable, is countered by the driving faith which drew the wise men to the manifestation of the infant Jesus as savior of the
world and all nations.
From the Liturgy of Hours sermon by St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop:
"As they look they do not question as their symbolic gifts bear
witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one is to die.... The faith of the Magi is the first fruits of the belief of the Gentiles."
Do we change the direction to follow Christ more closely
this Sunday? Are we praying for the protection of life at all stages, even when leaders are misguided? What do the poor teach us about gifts fit for the king of the world? Look up into the night sky this Sunday! Grant us the confidence
of the wise men to follow even with tension in the air!