Meditations on wise men
Sometimes while praying and reading I think of subjects not closely related to the subject of either the prayer or the meditation. I was reading about the Three Wise Men. I use the word wise as it seems very appropriate from how I see them. Where were they from and I am writing in terms of the size of the known world at that time. They were in language, custom and distance as far apart for us as the Arctic and the Antarctic. What were they? Let us say they must have been some form of astrologers or astronomers. Perhaps one could say, a mixture of both, who were capable of recognizing both the usual appearance and what it meant. It was such a rare occurrence and so different they quite literally dropped everything and set out to see where it was going. They ventured out of their laboratories and observation posts to see what It was going to do on the other side of their horizons. Miles apart they followed this star day and night. It was bright enough for them to see it by day and for it to light their path in dangerous territories by night.
How I ask could they do this they seemed to have a supernatural understanding and faith in what they would see at the end of their journey. They came from so far apart in a world where it took days to go great distances and had so many dialects and foreign tongues they without a shadow of doubt would never be able to understand each other. Yet they met somewhere on their journeys and must have.
For me through Catholic Teaching, we know God is uncreated Wisdom and one of the attributes of His Divine Intellect is understanding. We must therefore believe that if they understood each other then God was present in their journey and as it was the warning for them as the Advent of the Messiah, original sin was present and God's divinity was not indwelling but was as the catechism says everywhere around them. They were not holy in the New Testament meaning as Christ had not yet died and sent the Holy Spirit to live in them. But consider they understood a language not their own but was used to communicate outside the boundaries of their habitation. They were not yet holy but I think they would once Jesus had opened the gates of Limbo follow Him to Heaven.
When they reached Jerusalem the Star vanished. Why did not the Star illuminate Jerusalem? The Magi, the wise men saw it everywhere else but not there. Was Jerusalem too separated from holiness to see the message God was sending to the world? The joyful announcement to men of good will the Messiah like the Star approaches.
How comes when they left Jerusalem their Light reappeared? How many today see the Light of the Messiah and Savior? Hazard a guess anyone.
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