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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A small Epiphany

Today's gospel has always intrigued me ever since I was a little kid. Our family nativity had the three kings and they had features and distinctions of men I never saw in life -- all of them had exotic appeal to me through the years -- people that didn't look like me came a great distance to see this baby. And they gave him gifts.

They were kings nonetheless which multiplied there exotic appeal.

I never paid much attention to the other king, Herod. He's not in the nativity scene. Today I did. The worldly leader hoards his power and attempts to kill God. These other guys, they laid what they had before Him.

It's a recurring theme in the Bible -- worldly kings versus holy kings. Like David sparing the life of the noisy detractor. These guys came long distances.

That's a little new light to me... but then it caught me at the last line of the gospel (they had a dream warning them not to return to Herod so they took another route).

These were wise men... Couldn't they figure it out on their own? Was the dream necessary to permit them to breach protocol?

Well, I left my gift there at the babe's feet, too. Not much in worldly estimation, but it's really the only thing I have that is my own... I left my liberty.