Let’s be honest: in a merely human sense, these “wise ones” had to have been disappointed at first in what they found. Theirs was a dream of finding a new world order, a solution to the troubling times of their world, but they found a poor couple rejected by their family and society, nursing and protecting an infant among animals.
The wise ones looked for a new power — they were told they would find a king — and they found a baby and a poor couple living on the edge of society. Put yourself in their shoes: their hearts must have sunk as they approached the scene. Their disappointment must have been palpable.
And then they were UNLEASHED. It was in the heart of their disappointment, though, that the wise ones found their lives changed. Perhaps their hearts were broken, but only for a time. They became disoriented when their expectations met reality and everything was so incredibly different from their dreams.
When they left their expectations and preconceived project goals behind, from the ashes of their disappointment and in the hole left from the collapse of their hopes, God’s grace worked its magic (and the word “magic” has the same root as magi).
Listen to Monsignor King’s homily for the Feast of the Epiphany HERE.