CHRISTMAS THEN AND NOW: focussing on what is real.
The historical Wise Men at first followed human logic, seeking the Child Jesus at the palace of the corrupt King Herod.
From our knowledge of Herod’s recorded life — killer and adulterer — his court was definitely the wrong place.
The Wise Men turned away from all that, to put faith in God’s wisdom and follow his star to Bethlehem.
Saint Matthew’s gospel, chapter 2:
“Seeing the Child with his mother Mary, they bowed down and worshipped him.
“Then opening their treasures, presented him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
“Being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country a different way.”
We might do the same — at this special time turning for guidance to God, ignoring worldly distractions and focussing our attention on Jesus Christ, who is the reason for the season.