"I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be for all people." - Luke 2:10b, KJV.
Luke and Matthew each tell their own stories of Jesus, but the presence of the wise men seems to indicate that Jesus' birth is relevant to the entire world. They did not become followers of Jesus (so far as Matthew tells us), but they thought his birth was significant enough to warrant a long trip and extravagant gifts.
How do you suppose that might be the case? What is the good news of Jesus for Muslims? Buddhists? Sikhs? Agnostics? Wiccans?
On the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, we will be talking about the Wise Men.
Wisdom in Israel mostly consisted of the fundamental rules governing the world in general and one's life in particular. Wisdom was also the fear (awe and reverence) of God.The wise men from the East were Gentiles (non-Jews) and astrologers, since they followed a star to find Jesus.
On the feast of Epiphany we celebrate their arrival, and the revelation of God's work in Christ to the wider Gentile world. How do you understand Wisdom? Who would you consider a Wise person in your life?