Thought for the Day: There are moments in life when the contrast between options could not be clearer. This verse depicts such a moment as King Herod represents the Roman Empire and its vision for the world, Jesus represents God’s vision for the world, and the Wise Men represent those who are presented with these two very different world views. The perspective of the Wise Men (Magi) is interesting as they are outsiders, people who are approaching these two world views with no preconceived notion. I can almost hear the old Grail Knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade say, “You have chosen… wisely” in response to the Wise Men who turn away from Herod and bow before the Christ Child. There are some choices that are challenging, where determining what is right and what is wrong is not clear. Let’s make sure that when it is clear, we are bowing before the right(eous) power.
Prayer: Though opinions are easy to come by these days, Merciful God, I seek the voice of Jesus whose life represented a love that stood against hate and violence; a life that never sought power over people, but sought to empower and liberate people. The contrast is often clear, and I pray that I will have the faith to stand on the right(eous) side. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge