When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11 NIV
If you have ever been on a long journey, you most likely were joyful to arrive finally. Imagine the Magi traveling 12 days by camel on the dangerous, hot, dusty roads. But, they were committed to finding the Christ child. There must have been some physical relief at having arrived at their destination.
But the conclusion of the journey that started with a star wasn't the real reason for their joy. Their joy came in meeting this remarkable baby Jesus. Although likely, these men were not Jewish; they understood the significance of Jesus' birth. This child would grow into a man that would change the world. He would not become the earthly king of power Herod feared but bring a new kingdom based on healing, forgiveness, compassion, and love. Upon finding him, these men of wealth bowed down humbly before the poor child, worshipped him, and presented him with their valuable gifts.
Like the Magi, we, too, are a people traveling by faith, not focused on a star in the heavens but the Star of Heaven. In Jesus, we find joy in the peace he brings now and the promise of his kingdom to come. Also, like the Magi, we come before him humbly in worship and offer our gifts. The treasures we bring are our commitment to follow in Jesus' steps, sharing the message of his good news, and loving our neighbors.
Father, make us like the Magi in our faith, commitment, worship, and giving. Though the journey seems long and arduous at times, please help us keep our eyes focused firmly on you and to live like Jesus, Amen.