These men are not to be confused with the wise guys. There is nothing foolish about them and it would be safe to say that there would be no bad jokes in their repertoire. Rather, they took special note of a star and followed it wherever it went. It is reminiscent of the Israelites wandering in the desert, following the pillar of cloud in the day and pillar of fire at night in Egypt. This is a very serious commitment. They could have traveled up to two years to see this child. They left their home, and safety to literally God knows where.
Yet they trusted that something very special has happened. They allowed the Holy Spirit guide them to the true light of the world. I am sure they were looked at as being foolish for following such “dreams”. Yet many times what seems foolish to men can be the wisdom of God. The world likes to ridicule chastity, purity and is very skeptical of anything innocent. How can innocence and all that is good survive in such a hostile environment?
The reason why such hostilities exist is that individuals promote it, and others do nothing. The Magi could have done nothing and just stayed home. But they didn’t, and neither should we. They followed the light and so should we. They testified to the light, and so should we. And when they found Jesus, they publicly adored Him, and so should we.
“And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Father Timothy Barr is pastor of St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s in Freeport, Illinois. Father has many wonderful things to say about the church and her teachings. He has a blog and is posting articles, videos, as well as his homilies in audio form. We encourage all Christians, to visit this site often. You will not be disappointed. http://stjosephstmary.com