The 17th Day of Advent – The Magi

By Simon B.
This blog post is centered around a time of meditation, prayer and music. Let’s start by sitting somewhere comfortable, quiet and with either a mobile phone or computer nearby. Pick up your bible and read Matthew Chapter 2 v7-12:

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Contemplation Questions

Reflect on the above passage – What motivated the Magi not to obey Herod? What could have happened to them if they had been caught? Imagine the impact of realising that the baby wasn’t just any other, but instead the son of God!


Dear Lord, as we approach Christmas, we remember your start without luxury, or stability in the land of Judah. That through your earthly parents, they faithfully protected and adored you.

We adore you, we bask in the saving knowledge of your salvation.

O Holy Magi, through your faith, we take inspiration in your long journey to follow you Lord, to seek true repentance, to learn more about your kingdom and to bow down in awe. Amen

John Rutter – Carol Of the Magi

Lastly, open up your mobile phone, laptop or computer and play the video below. Close your eyes, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Let the music carry you to the Lord as you end by telling him about your Christmas hopes over the next few weeks.

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