“On another level, we see in the Magi representatives of the scholars and academics, those who give their lives to learning, to the acquisition of wisdom. These Magi, however, are not “wise guys” but wise men; that is, they demonstrate a true wisdom. In some way (we do not know how clearly), they saw in the child Jesus a gift of God to mankind, a sign of the love of God for humanity. True wisdom recognizes wisdom’s limits. There is something higher than wisdom, and that is love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). Love is the ultimate wisdom. These intellectuals get down on their knees and bow before something greater than themselves: the Love of God, a Love which is as humble and unthreatening as a baby in his mother’s lap. Far from detracting from their wisdom, their humility in the face of Love enhances it.
Those who give their lives in pursuit of learning need to avoid the trap of intellectual pride in order to be of any good to their fellow human beings. The Magi are scholars who bow the intellect before the reality of love and humility. We should follow their example.”
January 6, 2015
The Ultimate Wisdom