Gold is presented as tribute to kings by their vassals. Frankincense is burned in temples before gods. Myrrh is used as a healing balm, and also for preparing the dead…
Now we see that the magi were truly wise men, for they could discern this child was more than an earthly king: he was God’s Son, fit to be worshipped.
Something miraculous is going on when the stars fixed in heaven become anxious to follow the Son of Heaven down to earth!
Who is the true King? Herod? Or the one whose very birth was announced by the stars and the planets? No wonder Herod trembled!
The magi followed the star to Israel — to the people of God, but to find the King Jesus they consulted prophets — the Word of God.
The magi searched the heavens for signs of things to come, yet God pointed them to a place on earth — to the one who had come: Jesus, the King!
Probably not a very sleepy crowd that night. Not after an angel chorus in the fields and the Son of God in a manger!
If angels tell you to go look for something, probably you’re going to do it. The sign to look for would be pretty clear: a baby in a manger —…
Lots of angels in today’s reading! With the best news comes the biggest rejoicing! Glory to God and peace on earth!
The shepherds around Bethlehem were keeping flocks, but what were the flocks for? Most likely these sheep were raised to become sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem, just a few…