Not only Mary and Joseph from our children’s nativity set are on their journey in Posada. The Three Kings (Magi) have been spotted on their journey. One sighting was in Reddish where they were welcomed at Revd Penny King’s house, in Reddish. Here Penny reflects on their journey.
There are so many elements of journeys that cannot really be perfectly planned for: the weather, getting lost, diversions, mishaps along the way and so on. When reflecting on the magi as they journeyed towards Christ child, I’ve often been struck by the relationship between them, or perhaps even a lack of relationship. I’m curious about the practical, unbeautiful, un-awe-inspiring drudgery of their travelling together. Did they happen upon each other on the road and travel happily together, chatting and speculating about the new born King or did one always know better than the others and want to head in a different direction? Did one slow the pace down whilst the others rushed ahead? Was there really a fourth “king” or “wise man” as legend tells, who arrived too late? Were they on the same track, in all ways.
Whether it is on the bus, the train and aeroplane or even in the car with a backseat driver, sometimes travelling companions are not easy and are not necessarily the ones we may choose to travel with. However we are united by the journey being made, for a time travelling in the same direction to a common destination.
So it must have been for the magi; their journey, following the star may have been haphazard, there may have been disagreements, mishaps, and adventures along the way, they may not have travelled the same road or spoken the same language, but they were united by their shared journey and their common desire to find and worship Jesus Christ. And they reached their destination in the manger in the stable, the one who would unite all of humanity not only with one another but with God.
In our journeys through life too we find a variety of companions, people we travel with for a time, sharing a location, a goal and common purpose, those who travel a parallel road, those heading in a different direction, those we know and those who are strangers. But we are all united, with the magi too, by and with the same baby in the manger, who knows what the human journey entails, in all its gloriously haphazard starlit ups and downs. He is the Word by which creation came into being, the one who journeys with us constantly and to one to whom we journey towards. He is the Son of the Father who holds all of our journeys, however haphazard in his hand and he leads us on, together, to find himself.
As the Kings continue their journey towards Bethlehem, pray for those whom you journey alongside and for the journey you share, that it may lead to Christ.