In a recent piece on NPR the reporter, no doubt tired of hearing the same old handful of economics experts repeating the same old dire predictions about the national economy, talked to some astrologers to find out what their particular field of study had to say about it. It was a fluff piece and quickly forgotten, until Sunday’s Epiphanal Gospel reading. Until I was reminded that, while the birth of Christ went unnoticed among the vast majority of His own people – a people actively hoping and waiting for His coming – it was astrologers from far-off lands, reading the signs in the stars, who recognized what a momentous event had just taken place.
It’s said that all roads lead to Rome; our Catechism tells us that every belief system, imperfect as it may be, represents humanity’s attempts to reach for a God who loves us. And so it happens that these practitioners of a belief system condemned both by the religion Jesus was born into and the one he would inspire, nevertheless found their way to Him.