My imagination is in full gear this Epiphany season! This past Sunday we celebrated the visitation of the Magi as they traveled to see Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). I've been thinking about who these tenacious travelers were. They were people on the pursuit of truth, guided by the natural world (a star!), and believed God was up to something new. Sometimes we overlook the amazing interfaith experience of the Magi visiting Jesus. Our Christian roots begin with interfaith respect and wonder!
The Magi can teach us something about wonder. Wonder allows us to experience something with fresh new eyes. Wonder opens our capacity for compassion. Wonder helps us see old things in new ways. Wonder welcomes us deeper into the mysteries of faith. Like the Magi, may we wonder what God is up to in our lives and in our community. Like the Magi, may we trust our experience and travel the great distance of faith to experience the living Christ in our midst.
(Nativtity, James B. Janknegt 2002)