Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The three Wise Men (called in that time "magicians", although they were actually astronomers) saw from the far east the birth of a star over the town of Bethlehem, and they discovered the meaning behind the star: a savior had been born. They traveled to Bethlehem, and along the way they found King Herod, whom they told of the birth of the new King. Herod ordered them to find the baby and return to give the news of the place where the little Messiah had been born.
Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar found the baby in a manger where they offered their treasured gifts for the baby Jesus: Gold, which represented the spiritual wealth of the child; Frankincense, which signifies the earth and the sky; and Myrrh, the oil which was used for medicinal as well as spiritual purposes.
An angel warned them that they should not tell King Herod about the birth of Jesus because his plan was to kill the baby. So the three Wise Men returned by way of a different path to their homeland.