George Weigel on religious seekers versus finders :
On the Solemnity of the Epiphany, I heard a sermona rather well-delivered one at thatabout the Magi as religious seekers. The same note, Ill wager, was struck from pulpits and ambos across the country, perhaps across the world.
But isnt there something a bit askew here?
Isnt the point of Matthews tale of the wise men from the East (Matthew 2:1) that they were finders, not just seekers? Moreover, isnt the further point that what was found was he who has been born king of the Jews, to whom they, gentiles from afar, wished to offer gifts? Dont we lose the evangelical thrust of this charming story of seers, stars and caravans, gold and frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11), when we focus on the seeking, not the finding, which was the first moment of messianic encounter with the gentile world (meaning most-of-us)?