the wise know

At the end of the familiar story of the magi
visiting Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem
in the second chapter of Matthew,
we read that having been warned in a dream,
the magi did not return to Herod,
but went home by another way (Matthew 2:12).

Interesting to consider that phrase:
“having been warned in a dream.”
Did they spend the night at the stable?
Several nights?
Or was it a waking dream?
Or was it even a dream they had had—
one they had had maybe even before they met Herod?

For if you seek God and God’s way,
the wise know,
you have to both confront apparent power
(you have to go through Jerusalem)
and you have to circumvent it
(you have to go home by another way).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s