When you visualize the Three Kings journeying to Bethlehem around Epiphany, do you picture them dressed in fine robes and wearing gold crowns? The poem “The Journey of the Magi” written by T.S. Eliot begs the question about the appropriateness of their apparel. The poem opens with this stark image: “A cold coming we had of it. Just the worst time of the year for a journey, and such a long journey.” Hmm! Silk robes and golden crowns? Maybe not. But the travelers admit that hard as the journey was, they would do it again. Eliot didn’t want to present religious faith as a cheerful answer to everyone’s questions but as something much deeper. Is that perhaps why some people say, “As hard as it was, I would go through it again.” Do you know this experience?
By Lois Wedl, OSB