The Magi are three wise men from the East who come to pay homage to baby Jesus. They are leader of their communities and maybe even kings. They bring presents to the Christ child, Myrrh, Frankincense and Gold. Those gifts are not just symbols of how the world is ordered, but they are also trade good on which the wealth of nations is built. They are the tools of power. And those tools of power they three kings lay bat Jesus feet.
And on top of that a German joke. This requires at lot of good will on your part, because Germans are famous for many things – and humour is not one of them.
Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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