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Today's Gospel text is Matthew 2:1-12.
It's about the wise men and their visit to Jesus. 

The line that captivated me most today was verse 10:
"When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy."

Overwhelmed with joy. 

Isn't that one of life's very best emotional states?
When was the last time you felt overwhelmed with joy? 
What kinds of environments and people bring out your greatest happiness?
Are you able to be in those places and spaces on a regular basis?
I hope so.
Joy is so important in life.
I hope you feel some exceedingly great joy in the week ahead. 

Here are the top five most interesting depictions of the magi/wise men I've come across in recent weeks: 

"Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem" by Benozzo Gozzoli
(This work is composed of several frescos at the The Magi Chapel - 
which is a chapel in Palazzo Medici Riccardi of Florence, Italy.)

"Three Wise Men: Peace on Earth" by Paul Gavin

"Three Wise Men" by Mindy Newman

"Three Philosophers in Fancy Hats" by Alexander Boguslawski
(This painting is actually of three famous philosophers; not the "official" wise men.
But I see a lot of correlations. Here's the explanation of the painting by the artist.)

"The Coming of the Wise Men (The Nativity)" by Stanley Spencer

1 comment:

  1. Our choral group sang this Rutter carol this past Christmas. Very mindful of your post today. It's a beautiful tune. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34mB1E-HxeE
    (This isn't us, but a version by VocalEssence)