POPE/ Those wise men (Magi) infected by the “restlessness of God”
In this way, describing the Magi, Benedict draws a fascinating human picture of the true “wise men of the world", far from the presumptuous image that we often have: “They were, as we might say, men of science, but not simply in the sense that they were searching for a wide range of knowledge: they wanted something more. They wanted to understand what being human is all about”. This is what is often missing from our way of thinking and doing research, and in our university classrooms: the desire to understand what really matters, the ultimate horizon within which even our particular research acquires its sense. This gets taken for granted usually, while they, the Magi "were men in search of the promise... they were watchful men, capable of reading God’s signs, his soft and penetrating language. But they were also courageous, yet humble", just like those shepherds that found themselves there, in front of Jesus, so that "we can imagine them having to endure a certain amount of mockery" but for them, “it was a question of truth itself, not human opinion”.
But the final surprise in Pope Benedict XVI’s speech leaves one moved and speechless: "But not only are we restless for God: God’s heart is restless for us. God is waiting for us. He is looking for us. He knows no rest either, until he finds us. God’s heart is restless, and that is why he set out on the path towards us...God is restless for us, he looks out for people willing to 'catch' his unrest, his passion for us, people who carry within them the searching of their own hearts and at the same time open themselves to be touched by God’s search for us". We too, children of modernity, may not remain completely insensitive to a God who is restless for us.
Then, if we let ourselves be "infected by the restlessness of God," the Christian experience that many "wise men" have reduced to something "already known" or a "pious recollection," may make our hearts leap, and can generate a different look at reality, one that loves and knows things in a truer way. “The wise men followed the star. Through the language of creation, they discovered the God of history”, said the Holy Father. So perhaps we too, if in the next few days the sky after sunset is still clear, can look at the crystalline light of the planets in the heavenly vault, and not stop at their beauty, but, following the path they invite us to follow to its end, recognize, in their light, the sign of the Beauty that never sets.
(translation by Maria Bond)