Advent Reflection 12

“and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.” – Matthew 2:4.


Why was Herod so disturbed? Was he worried that his kingly rule was to be challenged? By a baby? Josephus, the historian, had already warned the 70 year old Herod that the kingdom was going to be taken away from his family.

It certainly required a first century COBRA meeting, bringing together the religious and civic leaders, the lawyers and the priests. Surely they must know the answer. Herod makes the question of the Magi (wise men) his own. Where is he?

In Advent we each have the opportunity to reflect on this question for ourselves. Where is Jesus, the Messiah, in our own lives. Wise men (women and children) still seek him.


In this time of worldwide confusion and disturbance, we pray that the leaders of all the
nations and all in authority may follow the just and gentle rule of Christ.


Take time to seek Jesus yourself, in prayer, in the Bible and in worship.

Peter Aves

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