Matthew 2: 1-2, 9b-11 (NLT)
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
And the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The glorious message earlier delivered to shepherds in the field is now revealed to Magi from the east. Wisemen. Kings of their Lands. Royalty and nobility who made their way to this remote location to find a new King, to honor a new Sovereign.
They doggedly pursued the star, leading them to the child. Unlike most men, they were willing to even stop and ask directions along the way! They really were wise!
How persistent are you in the pursuit? How determined are you in discovering the King of all kings? Are you half-hearted or whole-hearted? Are you indifferent or insistent? Are you tepid or tenacious? Are you willing to ask for help along the way or simply walk blindly in the night?
The saying goes, “Wise men still seek him.”
Dear God of Heaven,
Thank you for the star, a star of wonder, a star of night,
A star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading,still proceeding,
and the Wise men who followed the star.
May we be as wise.