Sunday, January 24, 2016

INNOCENCE SLAIN BY POWER – THE THREE WISE MEN AND KING HEROD



An arrogant re-telling of the slaughter of the innocents. January 28 is the traditional, liturgical feast-day.


WHO AM I?
  The crowd of High Priests and Scribes cowered in a small group as Herod slipped off his throne and made his way to them.
  “Friends!” he said with arms out wide, “You know me! I am Herod, your Ruler, The KING of your People and I ASK, nicely, that you tell me WHERE this boy-child, this so-called KING of your people, has been born.”
  “Oh, Herod, the scriptures tell us he will be born in
Bethlehem.”
  “Beth-le-hem,” said Herod puzzled. “Are you telling me the truth?” he grew suspicious. “Bethlehem is a little bump-in-the-road!” Then he grew angry and stepped back to his throne.
  “You people have no great temple in Bethlehem! Not even a decent inn! You are lying to me! The King of your People would not be born THERE in that poor place! You keep this HIDDEN FROM ME! You TELL ME or your people suffer the consequences!”
  “We know – and fear – your wrath, oh Herod!” said one.
  “You have starved us! Brutalized us.” said another.
  “You put your armies in our neighborhoods.” said the third.
  “We can hide nothing from you!” said the fourth.
  “My spies say, that here, in Jerusalem are three Magi searching for this King. Where is this King? You claim to be the leaders of your people, the Chief Priests and Scribes – tell me! That I may. . . WORSHIP him!”
  “We don’t know.” said the first.
  “Ask the Magi.” said the second.
  “Yes, ask the Magi!” said the lot together.
  “Cowards.” Said Herod. “Get out!”

WHY AM I HERE?
  So, Herod sent his men to bring in the Magi. Three quite different men, clearly of wealth, wisdom and power appeared.
  “Why are you here?” asked Herod.
  “Oh King Herod, we are here because unto us a star appeared that foretold that the King of his People would be born.” Said Melchior, the Persian scholar.
  “Yes. To each of us the star appeared.” Said Caspar, the Indian Scholar.
  “We have been watching he heavens for years because this was foretold.” Said Balthasar, the Arabian Scholar.
  “Tell me where I should go to worship him?” said Herod.
  “We are not exactly sure,” said Melchior. “We follow our charts and our celestial instruments. But, the heavens are vast and our tools not so precise.”
  “We cannot verify the ancient scriptures.” Said Caspar. “Ancient revelations are subject to verifications.” Said Balthasar.
  “Why not let us go and find this King and then return and tell you where you may find him.” Said Melchior.
  “Yes! Yes! That’s it. You go find him and come and tell me!” said Herod. “Be gone! And, don’t try to betray me! I am watching you.”
  The three bowed deeply as they backed out of the throne room.

WHAT DO I WANT?
  The three Magi journeyed following the star. Then an Angelic being appeared in light and fire and led them to the stable in Bethlehem where they fell to their knees as the Shepherds before them had done.
  “Greetings to thee, Child most Rare, I bring thee Myrrh, as to a mortal.” Said the first.
  “Greetings to thee, Child most Sweet, I bring thee Gold as to a King.” Said the second
“Greetings to thee, Child from On High, I bring thee Frankincense as to a God.” Said the third.
They gave their gifts and kissed the Child.
And the Child’s mother said, “Oh Kings, we thank you.”
“And, Sir,” said Melchior to Joseph, “I also give you the light of insight: you and we three, must flee because Herod will come to kill the Child and us as well.”
“We will guide you for a distance, but each of us will leave the country by a different direction.” Said Balthsar.
“And, we should go tonight, now.” Said Caspar[JY1] .
  And so, the little family and the three groups of Magi left Judea, each by a different route.
Herod’s spies brought him the news that the Magi had departed.
As soon as he heard, he filled with rage and assembled the leaders of his armies: “I command that every boy-child two years old or under in the Bethlehem area be killed IMMEDIATELY!”
And so it is that Innocence is, once again and always, slain by Power.
“Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 'A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.'"[1]

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