Gold, frankincense, myrrh.
WMD, Armani, personal chef.
A Small Stone
This is not a commentary on Jesus, it is a commentary on what we, and the magi, think a leader/teacher/prophet needs. The magi brought worldly things to this baby who did not need worldly things. It is as if they brought what they would want. Isn't that what always happens? What we say and do almost always says more about us than it says about you, or whomever.
I began wondering, putting myself in the body or mind of a present-day king/leader, what would I want? First, if I were many crazy dictators, I want nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction. Second, these folks seem to almost all be men dressed in expensive suits. Third, and this was the most difficult thought, I want something to show my personal status. So a personal chef, at least. A personal chef would also fill the palace/white house/home with fragrances.
So, I really wonder what magi would bring today? What do you think? What do we think kings want?