Merry Christmas! I hope you are having an absolutely wonderful day with your family. By this time I will be on the road with my family headed towards Portland where we always spend Christmas Day. Who knows what kinds of adventure will await us there…
Earlier this week, I was reading a little about wise men and storytellers and came upon the below. It was fascinating to consider the wise men as the keepers of treasure, the storytellers. Sometimes it is good to take a fresh look at traditions that we may be familiar with, who knows what kind of revelation will come from it.
“The Bible is living, active, and full of power. It defines who and what we are. It is the mirror that reads us and transforms us into what God designed us to be. So when we want to discover what God defines as wisdom, we look not to scholars and universities, but to whom God calls wise. The wise men were those who saw the glory and set out on a journey to find their King.
The wise men, or magi, who recognized the sign in the heavens, were most likely from a priestly caste in Persia who had been schooled in the wisdom and theology of Daniel. One of the traditional names passed down for them means “keeper of the treasure.” While we do not know the specifics for certain, we do know that these men were true keepers of the treasure.”
-Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, Wise Men Still Seek Him
“ In the ancient tradition of our pueblos, the story-teller had a special place as the keeper of the memory, the guardian of the treasures, of the tesoros that belong to a people. Generations entrusted the stories of their existence to the “wise ones” who preserved the “ancient word”—La Palabra Antigua. Keeping the stories of the people alive assured that the memory of our “pueblos” would be present from one generation-to-the-next— kept alive through the cosmic myths, epic poems, legends, accounts about the past, sacred hymns, songs and poetry. This sacred task demanded great skill and dedication and above all intimate contact with the life of the pueblo. The “wise man”…the story-teller, the keeper of the memory, the guardian of the treasures, communicated through the carefully crafted “word”…through the stroke of a paint brush…and through the rigorous pursuit of the truth. El sabio, the wise man communed profoundly with his heart because it was there that God resided, and it was in the heart that truth could be discovered. …The “wise man” held up a mirror before the people so that they could see who they were and be constantly reminded of their identity, heritage and existence.” - Ana María Pineda, RSM, Honoring Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J.