A personal and present-day reflection on Matthew 2.1-12
On January 6, the Epiphany, the word meaning “revelation,” Christians retell the ancient tale of the arrival of magi from the East, who, paying homage (from the Greek, proskunesis, literally, “to bend the knee”) offer their gifts to the Christ child.
Reflecting on this story less from the church’s perspective of its heavenly meaning and more from an earthly, yet no less sacred point of view, I wonder about the children who, like the Christ child, are born in humble estate. I never need journey as distant as the magi, for these children are not far to seek or hard to find.
In 2019, according to the Children’s Defense Fund, there were 73 million children in the United States; 22% of the nation’s population. Nearly 1 in 7 (10.5 million) were poor and food insecure and 1 in 3 (24 million) lacked affordable housing.
I wonder about me. In my starkest moments of greatest need, I have abundance. So, where and how do I, for the sake of love and justice, and in addition to regular and seasonal contributions of food, clothing, and money, offer my gifts?
The magi, having bent their knees in homage, returned home “by another road.” This year, whether on the road or whilst remaining at home, what new path of the bending of my knees might I seek and find?
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