Today is Epiphany: Little Christmas. This day in the Christian liturgical calendar honors the arrival of the Wise Men at the stable in Bethlehem.
They had been following a star for months and were far from home. We say they were wise because, even though they were tired, they could see the divinity in the baby in the manger and in his family. They were not fooled by the poverty and desperation of the family, and they responded to obvious need with generosity and kindness.
They were also wise because they listened to their dreams and refused to tell the authorities of the child’s location and identity. They recognized deceit and danger when they encountered it.
May we all be wise in this time of a new Herod’s reign. May we see the divinity of each and every being, and offer aid when it is needed. May we refuse to support the destruction of those who are vulnerable or different, even when such harm is deemed patriotic. May we indeed be wise in these dark and perilous times.