Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
The Magi symbolize our noblest human efforts. They were wise ones, star-gazers, people of philosophy, science, and treasure.
Stars cross the sky, wise men journey from pagan lands, earth receives its savior in a cave. Let there be no one without a gift to offer.
The teaching Church, drawing on the wisdom of the New Testament, spoke fresh words to our contemporary context of religious pluralism.
Reginald H. Fuller
Expressive of the genius of Hebrew monarchy at its best, the hymn depicts the king as the source of justice and compassion for the poor.