Progress and mediation - "Who are the Magi? In the context of todays Gospel, these characters belong to a Persian priestly caste. In fact, during that period, in the city of Babylon, there existed a small group of astronomers who belonged to this caste and who could have calculated the astral conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation Pisces, which happened in the years 7-6 B.C.now believed to be the actual time of Jesus birth (cf. The Infancy Narratives, pp. 92 & 94). Pope Benedict, in his study on the infancy of Jesus, mediates on the interior state of these Magimen of inner unrest, [men] of hope, [men] on the lookout for the true star of salvation (cf. p. 95). The Pope highlights: They were wise. They represent the inner dynamic of religion toward self-transcendence (p. 95) in search of truth, in search of the true God. In a way, they are successors of Abraham, who set off on a journey in response to Gods call (pp. 95-96). - Fr. Cassian, Monastero S. Benedetto
Three Kings painting
"The Three kings were lead out of the desert They brought with them few tangible objects Though their treasure was firmly in their pocession For they contained knowledges and secret knowledges Stowed in the deepest inner castle After a time when the three Kings arrived at a given destination They unpacked their hidden manifest and were able to raise a golden crop"