Magi

Adoration of the magi tapestry by E Burne-Jones
Paolo Beltrame is a Jesuit novice who previously worked in astro-physics. He reflects on the connections between the gifts of the Magi and the life of the Jesuit novice.    Gold, frankincense and myrrh – three gifts that, gradually, entered our traditional celebration of Christmas, together with the story of the Wise Men, the Magi, and of the shooting star, or comet, or whatever it was.There might be a strong, even though invisible, connection between the route that the men...
The three kings
“Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” [Matthew 2.11]When I was about 12, my parents took me on a holiday to Spain at around Christmas time. It was the first time I had ever been abroad. And in Spain, I discovered that people were very different - there was a different culture, a different language, a whole different way of doing things. And although almost everything I encountered was a bit different, the Spanish way of doing things seemed...
A cartoon of a group of people
Christmas marked the fulfilment of the Hebrew scripture with the arrival of the Messiah, the Christ child. The Feast of the Epiphany shows us Christ presented to the world. In the child Jesus, God came to share in our humanity so that we might share in his divinity. When God became human he met us in a real, authentic way. This is still where we find God today, in our common humanity. Our humanity has become God’s home. It follows that our tendency to protect ourselves by making...