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December 27, 2017
"In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?" -Matthew 2:1
Some of us took an alternate route this year. We thought we were going one place, and something happened that turned us around. Perhaps it was a death. A promotion. A new child. An old problem, returned. For all of you who had to take an alternate route this year, or might need to next year, I offer this reflection on the Magi from Cloth in the Cradle (Iona Community)
There will be no camels, we are going on horseback, at least for some of the way. And we won’t arrive there a few hours after everyone else. It will be weeks, perhaps months.
We are not in a hurry. That is not the way we work. We are not Americans. We will discuss the phenomenon, the star, and if it does not go away, and we still feel curious, we will travel!
We will look in the wrong place. Yes, we admit that. Because wise men, potentates, intellectuals, pastors, call us what you will…are not infallible.
We expect a new power to emerge from the side of the old one. We expect the destination we seek to resemble what our common sense deduces. We will be upset, angry even, to find that Herod is ignorant, and that his residence is not the birthplace.
We will find it hard and intellectually demeaning to bow the knee to the son of refugees. And all of this…all this upset will be compounded when it comes to journeying back, and we discover we have to go home by an alternate route. That is the trouble with God. He does not let you leave as you came. He sends you back, stripped of your presumptions, making for home by an alternate route.