Three Magi, Three Marys

It's Easter, the happiest time of the church year.  And I've discovered a lovely correlation between the traditional Three Magi of Christmas and the traditional Three Marys of Easter.  It makes for a beautiful balance, particularly in Matthew's Gospel, where the story of the Magi is recorded.

The Three Magi...

  • Came from the east
  • Brought incense and myrrh
  • "Where is the boy born King of the Jews?"
  •  Went to the wrong place first (Jerusalem)
  • Real answer was in Bethlehem, "for this is what the prophet has written"
  • "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed"
  • Bowed down and worshipped him
  • Sent back to their country by another route

The Three Marys...

  • Came at sunrise (east)
  • Brought myrrh and spices
  • "Tell me where you have put him"
  • "Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here"
  • Real answer had been foretold by Jesus. "Remember how he told you..."
  • They were "afraid yet filled with joy"
  • Clasped his feet and worshipped him
  • Told to await Jesus in Galilee 
I also decided to make a picture of my discovery (see above).  I wish you the joy of Easter, especially to my fellow-believers and those suffering persecution.


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