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Magi or Shepherd?

December 26th, 2013by Fr. Rob Waller

If you were given your choice as to which part you would play in the pageantry of the Christmas story, would you rather be a magi (king, wise man) or a shepherd? Before you read on, answer that question for yourself and ponder why you chose what you chose.

The magi and the shepherds have some things in common. Both came to believe that Jesus was the Savior. Both found him in the manger. How they got there – how they came to that conclusion and how they came to that place – was quite different. The magi arrived after searching and studying, strategizing and planning in an orderly fashion for a long time, and had travelled far. If the shepherds were to tell you their story about their trip to find Jesus, they would use words like unexpected, surprise, and close to home. How did you come to believe in Jesus as the Savior, and how did you come to find him best in the Catholic Church? Is your story of being a believer and being a Catholic more like the story of the magi or like the story of the shepherds?

Fr. Rob Waller

Father Rob Waller is pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Milford, Ohio, in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He blogs at With Open Doors