The Wise Man with the Red Coat —(Josh Steinke)

The Wise Man with the Red Coat —(Josh Steinke)

December 12th–The Wise Man w/ the Red Coat

Scripture:

50 His mercy is for those who fear him 

from generation to generation. 

51 He has shown strength with his arm; 

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 

52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, 

and lifted up the lowly; 

53 he has filled the hungry with good things, 

and sent the rich away empty. (Lk. 1:50-53)

Reflection (Josh Steinke):

The Magi from the east came from three different countries: Melchior from Persia, Gasper from India, and Balthazar from Arabia, all following the brilliant star they had seen from their homes. In ancient near east cultures, astrology was a way to predict great events that were going to happen, or were happening. These Magi are a staple in the nativity scene that is set up every year, but nowhere in Luke’s Gospel are they mentioned, and according to Matthew, the names are untold. Without names, the Magi come instead with gifts. Frankincense and myrrh, which were symbols of royalty, and gold, which is associated with power, even today. Maybe these gifts, and not those who brought them, are the keys to the story of Jesus’ birth. And maybe when we open the story, we find that we have a place in it, too.

Question:

What does giving look like to you?

Prayer:

God of grace, we ask that you meet us in our places, and that you call to us from the givenness of life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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