Some two thousand years ago, three men travelled a vast distance as they followed a sign in the heavens. Their journey led them to a Child who was born to be King. Their encounter with this Child has been recorded as one of great reverence and honour. The aftermath was described as follows:
And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they
departed to their own country by another way.
– Mat 2:12
The literal meaning of this text is clear and odds are that this is exactly what St. Matthew intended to convey when he wrote his Gospel… yet I can’t help but wonder if the Holy Spirit, as the Divine Inspiration behind the work of the human author, doesn’t sometimes allow us a little creative license in our meditation? As I sit with this text, taking “another way” to be referring to “another way of being” as opposed to a different geographical route, I start to be drawn into prayerful ponderance of what it truly is to have encountered the person of Jesus Christ and be so transformed by the encounter that nothing I do can be done in the same way as it was before…