The Joy of the Wise Men
The wise men from the east are remarkable figures of faith in Matthew's Gospel. Their journey of faith and wisdom that led them to the Christ child was no doubt marked with trial and difficulty. But more important yet, when they found the star that lit the way, "they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy." Joy is a hallmark of a life lived in singular devotion to Christ because when that which we seek comes into view, when the love of Christ is unmistakable in us, it is always accompanied by joy.