December 18th–The Wise Man w/ the Rainbow Coat
78 By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel. (Lk. 1:78-80)
Reflection (Bob Dahm):
I have traveled so many dusty, treacherous miles to see this place; to experience this moment. I have waited for this moment for months and traveled at great expense to witness what is certain to be the most significant event of the millennium. There is said to be a mighty ruler at the location under this alignment of heavenly bodies– and I have brought him a gift.
But wait– I am confused. The place the stars have brought me to… a stable! And the “mighty ruler” is nowhere to be found– only a carpenter, his wife and a child. He lies in a feed trough for livestock, powerless and innocent.
What if he is the mighty ruler?
I knelt beside him, and present my gift. I wonder if his parents know what is taking place in their midst. The mother calmly thanks me with the graciousness of a queen, while the father smiles at me. We seem to understand each other. They seem to know, maybe more than I do.
Now, I must be off. The king of this land wishes harm to this child. I must protect this princeling at all costs, so I will depart in secret and travel quietly, and ponder this strange event. A child, so humble, yet so profound.
As I leave the stable behind, and the light recedes from my view, I can’t help but think this world will somehow be changed for eternity.
What does might look like this Advent season?
God of quiet strength, give us your wisdom and knowledge, that we might understand the mystery that is your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.