January 3, 2021
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men? At least two things would have been different. One, they would have asked for directions sooner so they wouldn't end up in Jerusalem. And they would have brought practical gifts like diapers and food; maybe a hotdish. That's an old joke, but as we celebrate the arrival of these foreigners come to worship a Jewish King, we need to consider the whys and the results of this visit.
We really don't know a lot about these magi/wisemen/astronomers/kings. All Matthew tells us is, “ wise men from the East.” No country, not titles other than wise men. He does have them tell why they came, looking “for the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” As we consider their tale, I want to move back and forth between them and their quest for the new king and the official King of the Jews, Herod.