One of my favorite scenes in the Nativity story is the bowing down of the Three Magi and giving their gifts in front of the Baby Jesus born in a manger. From this scene, a question pops-up in my mind; what lesson could we learn about the Three Magi?
Reflecting about the role of the Three Magi in the Nativity story reminds me of an attitude that I must consider as I am preparing myself for the nearing natal day of Jesus, i.e. humility. Being impressed, inspired, and challenged by the humility of the three Magi, it become clearer for me the message of St. Paul’s exhortation in his first letter to the Corinthians that Jesus is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24). At first, I find the bowing of Three Magi in front of the Baby Jesus ironic because they were considered wise, learned, and influential, and then without any hesitations they bowed down in front of a simple child born in a stable of Bethlehem, and not only that, they also presented their gifts to the child who was just an ordinary child. But, as I am continuously pondering its message, I realized, this humbling expression of the Three Magi gives us an idea that Jesus is really an extraordinary person which even the Three Magi bowed down to Him because He is the Power of God that cannot be predisposed by the earth’s power, and the Wisdom of God that cannot be domineered or swayed by earth’s wisdom. Yet, He humbled Himself and became like us. He is God, but He chose to be in a form of a slave because He loves us so much and He cares for us.
What is the invitation of this for us? It’s simple; it’s all about the significance of humility as our passage way for conversion. The story of the Three Magi reminds us that through humility we will be able to recognize the significance of putting our trust and hope in Jesus who is full of mercy and love. Without Him, it’s hard to live, it’s hard to be firm in our faith, and it’s hard to understand the beauty, the uniqueness, and the happiness of living with His presence this Christmas.