There is an expression often heard today: “Wise Men still seek him.” Today’s feast of the Epiphany (manifestation) comes to us from Matthew’s gospel. These key figures, “the Wise Men”, (their number not mentioned) are believed to be practitioners and thinkers of an Eastern religion which employed astrology as part of its belief system.
They were also familiar with he Jewish prophetic tradition, specifically that prophecy that predicted that a great king would rise up in Israel. “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from old, from ancient days.” (Micah 5:2)
An astrological configuration appeared in the heavens which they interpreted to be a sign that it was about to happen. So, they set out in search of this great king who is the fulfillment of this prophesy.
Only Matthew includes these events in his gospel account. Over the years, many things have been added to Matthew’s story; things which are meant to enrich the story we have today.
I believe the term “Wise”, has a lot of meaning for our present age. It suggests to us what our generation is missing, and what it needs to search for – Wisdom. I recently heard an interview with an astrophysicist who was reinforcing the importance to this branch of science; how it will help us to one day understand who we are, where we came from, why we are here. Let us hope that this generation will ultimately discover Him, whom the Wise Men discovered, and find the answers they are seeking.
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