Today’s feast – the Epiphany – is often called: ‘the Feast of the Kings’ referring to the Magi. They are presented to us as being three Wise Men that legend describes as kings.
If we accept this, the text of Matthew’s gospel today (Mt.2:1-12) refers to… five kings! You are puzzled…
Well, the three Magi, and… King Herod, and the one the Wise Men inquire about as being “the king of the Jews”!
The word ‘Epiphany’ means ‘manifestation’ – a manifestation that entails a revelation. As I reflect about this, I see in these five ‘kings’ a symbol of humanity itself.
William Shakespeare has written: “All the world’s a stage” – somehow the text of Matthew somehow illustrates this.
The Wise Men are the symbol of people searching, searching for someone – the one giving the meaning of life.