Todays Gospel reading is a theological narrative.
It is a symbolic narrative or parable with a deep theological meaning which is true for all time.
We do not ask who the Maji were or what country they came from. We do not ask how they travelled or how long they journeyed.
They were Gentiles or non Jews. They knew nothing of the Bible.
They were people who were searching. They were scientists who were seeking to understand the world around them and the cosmos. They were seeking meaning in life and creation. This is the star they were following. A star which at times was bright and beckoning and then again dim or invisible. Firstly they searched in the obvious place for a newborn king (in the royal palace of Herod) They asked questions and took advice in their search.
Eventually they discovered a little helpless child (the newborn son of a very ordinary couple). Certainly not what they were expecting. They were humble enough to bow down and worship. This outlandish behaviour can only be understood by a person who has received the gift of faith.They put their possessions at his disposal. They returned to where they came from satisfied and joyful. This foretells how, although many of the Israelites accepted Christianity, the vast majority of Christians were strangers (non Jews or Gentiles as they were called).
King Herod’s reaction was quite different. He saw the possibility of a newborn king as a threat to his position and power. The chief priests and religious experts were offhand and uninterested in searching for this newborn king. He was an unwelcome nuisance. They went back to their sterile study of the scriptures and their Temple worship.
This foretells clearly the reaction of the political and religious leadership to Jesus of Nazareth.
This foretells the reaction today of the political and religious leadership to anyone who is rash enough to emulate Jesus of Nazareth (the King of the Jews) in his untiring efforts to eliminate poverty, greed and exploitation and to bring freedom and justice to our world. This foretells the reaction to anyone who criticises and continues to criticise our own indifference to the suffering, injustices, unfairness, waste, and exploitation in our own country today and tries to do something about it.
I do not like being made to feel guilty.
I do not like the boat being rocked.