The Courage and Humility of the Wisemen

The strongest impression for me of these three men is their courage as well as their humble spirituality.
They venture into the unknown, following a star of all things, into a foreign land with enough sensitivity to listen to the inner prompting of the Holy Spirit even though they are not Jewish.They have enough humility to prostrate themselves and actually worship an impoverished human newborn in the confines of a stable full of animals and surely the smell of manure
The Adoration of the Kings, Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1564
It is not within their spiritual tradition to worship a human, never mind an infant, yet their minds are open enough to acknowledge that this rogue star, which has settled over a stable, signifies an event of cosmic significance.Their hearts and souls are open enough to sense the presence of the Divine in a mortal baby.
In comparison to these ancient ‘heathens,’ we do not fare that well. continue

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