5. An angel, called Gabriel, came to visit Mary. He said to her, “You will have God’s baby, and will name him Jesus.”
After the ordinary the extra-ordinary. To hope or expect the extra-ordinary is not really a modern state. We are far too practical and logical to expect God breaking into life in such a prominent way. Prophets and seers are held at sceptical arms length.
Yet those who constantly proclaim God’s Kingdom still live and breath in this generation. I am not talking about the shouters on street corners or those who announce God’s doom. Jesus spoke of cups of water given, children cared for and prisoners visited. Look for and practice generosity, caring and visiting – be a present day angel proclaiming Christ’s kingdom.
Who will I give, care for or visit today. Pray and act afterward.
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11th January 2015
I struggle with the term of ‘Kings’ visiting Jesus.
A better translation would be ‘wise-ones’ or ‘magi’.
I understand Iranian Christians claim them for their own, as saints from what was Persia.
The number you will find disputed, three was only the number of the gifts they carried with them. There could have been many in a caravan and they probably had females in their number. In Eastern Christianity, especially the Syriac churches, the Magi often number twelve.
The important issue is that they came seeking this ‘King born of the Jews’. Seeing and recognising the signs are separate use of the senses.
God grant me such sight in equal measure – wisdom indeed!
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church