Monday, December 14, 2009

We Three College Professors

Because the word "magi" leads directly to "magician," it's straightforward to think of the Magi as the 1st-century equivalent of David Copperfield or Harry Houdini. Indeed they were astrologers. But back then there was no such thing as astronomers, and the people who carefully scanned the skies, with surprising sophistication? Those were magi. So I think of them as astronomers, college professors from Iraq, absent-minded and oblivious to political realities, rich and able to travel and risking a LOT to go to this country Israel they really didn't understand. It's easy to dismiss the silliness of academia sometimes, and rightfully so. But God reveals himself to those who seek him, even cloud-headed academics. I take comfort in that. Those who seek, find. So let's keep seeking and knocking.

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