Matthew 2:1-2,12 “In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘where is 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.’ And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their country by another road.”
Today we celebrate Epiphany. We remember the wise men coming to worship the baby Jesus. Do you think they packed their bags and loaded up their camels in a hurry or were they thoughtful and deliberant? I imagine they wanted to hurry but realized deep inside of them that they needed to take time and be prepared. Matthew says they brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. These are not gifts of haste. I also imagine when they arrived they were ready to rest for a while. They would pay homage and then take their time resting and preparing for the long journey home. A dream warns them and they leave then by a different road. They had an epiphany, an awakening when they saw the star and when they received this warning. What epiphany will we receive if we are open and listening? What road are we being led to take? Just as He guided the wise men long ago, he guides us so we too can come and worship the Christ.
Thank you for the promise of steadfast guidance and mercy through Jesus. Help us accept these gifts and then turn to worship Christ the King in adoration and praise. Amen.