And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
Yesterday evening, in my lectio divina group, I wondered aloud whether each of the magi had the same dream or if one wise man had the dream and told the other two about it. Either way, I reflected, the three travelers are portrayed in artwork with great diversity of age and ethnicity and there is often emphasis on their representing all different peoples, yet in the Epiphany story, these three show impressive unity. They agree on the importance of following the star, on the path to follow, and how to respond to the family they encounter. Faced with a conniving king, no one breaks ranks or is dissuaded from the mission, which in a different story, could have happened.
This is something I seek in the new year, to listen with the ear of my heart, as St. Benedict (and Bob Marley!) urges us, to attune my heart more closely to those around me – community, family, friends and guests – all God’s people.