It may seem strange to be thinking of ‘The Journey of the Magi’ in Lent, but… This poem has always had ‘meaning’ for me ever since I first read it as a teenager, but last Christmas when I re-read it after several years I did not find in it the hope and peace that it had given me in earlier years.
As part of my Lent reading, I am dipping into a ‘Spirituality workbook’ (SPCK, David Runcorn). There God gave me an insight into where I am at present on my Christian journey, and perhaps how to move forward with Him as my guide. David Runcorn writes:
‘The poet T S Eliot was in his middle years when he wrote his famous poem ‘The Journey of the Magi’, movingly tracing how the journey of faith must lead us through painful disorientation to new beginning. Having met Christ the wise men are ‘no longer at ease in the old dispensation’. The old life is closed to them. It is highly symbolic that the Bible records them returning home ‘by another route’. There is no way back into familiar ways.’
Having sought in recent years to ‘return home’ by the familiar ways, it is time to realise that at this time in my life God is calling me to look for Him and to journey forward ‘by another route’.