Living in the Two Hearts

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The approach of the Magi… Part I

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 3, 2017

"Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?' " ~Mt 2:1b, 2

“Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?’ ” ~Mt 2:1b, 2

In Sacred Scripture we have only one Gospel account that speaks of the visit of these Kings from the East:

Matthew 2:1-12, which tells of their arrival in Jerusalem looking for the Jewish King of kings, only to be confronted with a very confused and sneaky King Herod who never intended to give up his throne; especially to an infant child the prophet Micah (5:2) said was “to be ruler in Israel”.

Thus Herod sends them on their way with the instructions of finding the child and bringing back word as to where He is so that Herod can also go and “worship Him” (v8).

Sacred Scripture

Sacred Scripture

DETAILS, Detail, details…

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The Christian Faith is not a “religion of the book”. Christianity is the religion of the “Word” of God, a word which is “not a written and mute word, but the Word which is incarnate and living” (St. Bernard)… CCC§108

This reminds us that Sacred Tradition is also part of the WHOLE PICTURE and cannot be ignored.  So before delving further into some details in scripture, I’d like to feature some history as detailed in a post by Fr. Dwight Longenecker as he wrote about the Pagan verse Christian rites concerning Christmas:  

So where did the date of Christmas originate? In 386 St John Chrysostom preached a sermon linking the date for Christmas to the date of the Annunciation. He does so in a way that suggests that this was already an established belief.

The date of the Annunciation was based on a Jewish tradition that the world was created on March 25. The Jews also believed that a great man would die on the same day as his conception.

The date for Jesus Christ’s death was Nisan 15 according to the Jewish calendar, or March 25 according to the Roman calendar. The early Christians (who were of course Jews) concluded that Jesus was therefore conceived on March 25. Thus the day of the world’s creation, and the day of the world’s redemption (and therefore the beginning of the new creation) was March 25…

It’s easy. If the Lord Jesus Christ was conceived on March 25, then he was born nine months later on December 25. The date for Christmas is therefore determined by the date of the Annunciation… To read Fr’s full artical click HERE

SO WHY MOVE THE DATE?

In the documentary film of “The Star of Bethlehem”, Mr Lawson rightly places the visitation of the Magi on December 25th, via the software he used to find the star, but errs in stating that he – like many of our separated brethern – didn’t believe Christ was born on the 25th of December. Be that as it may, the above evidence lays that misunderstanding to rest.

So why move the date? Very simple. Whom should Christians be focusing on the day of December 25th? Presents, visiting kings, visiting family, OR the Christ Child? Thus we celebrate the visit of the Maggi 12 days AFTER Christmas – oh! The Twelve Days of Christmas actually mean something? Yep! But that’s for another post. 🙂 

To be continued…

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