According to legend, the three wise men—Casper, Melchior and Balthazar—visited the Child Christ as a symbol of the peoples of the world acknowledging the reverencing the Son of God. This is also reminiscent to our stories in Genesis, when the sons of Noah–Shem,
Ham, and Japheth—go out to repopulate the world after the Great Flood. As the three sons go out to repopulate the world, the three wise men come to their God to acknowledge His humility and greatness.
Eventually, of course, the Wise Men had to return for their native land. They went back to tell others of their experience. Telling others of Mary and Joseph’s simplicity, their trials with Herod, the brightness of Jesus’ eyes.
We too are called to leave the Child Christ. We are called to tell others of our personal experience with this Child King and invite others to look into his eyes. Did you have a personal encounter with the Peaceful Babe? Did you gaze into the eyes of the Child Christ? Are you brave enough to tell others how your life was changed?
Give the great gift of Christ’s love to all the world! Merry Christmas! Happy Epiphany!