Shepherds and Sages

My fellow philosophers, lovers of wisdom, the God of all Wisdom bids us come–

Sages, leave your contemplations,
brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great Desire of nations;
ye have seen his natal star:
Come and worship, come and worship,
worship Christ, the newborn King.

Fellow philosophers, we are not like the sages who looked understandingly at the stars. Our eyes are not attuned to the testimony of the cosmos. We peer inwardly, hoping to catch a glimpse of the traces left in us by the creating Logos, whose life is the light of all people. His light is unmistakable. It enlightens everyone, says John. Oh, to take hold of that light, however dim it glimmers in us!

But the hymn writer is correct. We must leave our contemplations if we wish to see His glory, full of grace and truth. We must do the most unwise thing imaginable. We must journey to Judea and seek out this Logos who has become flesh and dwells among us. Will the Logos be found in the thick volumes bowing our bookshelves, inscribed thoughts which have spurred us to pursue wisdom in wonder? Will the Logos be found as the Great Organizing First Principle of the Final Theological System? No and No.

This wisdom is not a wisdom that can be taught. This enlivening, enlightening Logos is thrashing about in yonder feed trough. There is your “brighter vision,” O sage. Yes, that’s a dash of mockery alright. Same as a good doctor once aimed at a whole empire with the greatest line that ever began a story:

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

My fellow philosophers, lovers of wisdom, while we are engaged in our serious contemplations, pause to gaze at that natal star and hear the echoes of God’s laughter. Make us merry and mirthful as we pursue the Logos who is restoring the dead to life and remaking the cosmos under our very noses. Rejoice!


~ by Michael on December 25, 2005.

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