In the Gospel story today, Simon, Andrew, James and John, after Jesus says, “Come follow me,” leave and follow Jesus – just like that. Last week, from John’s Gospel, we heard they were followers of John the Baptist, and then, after John said, “There is the Lamb of God,” they went to see who this person was.
Today, we celebrate the Magi – the Wise Men – who were alert to see the new star at its rising and follow it. They stopped whatever they were doing to follow this star, no matter where it led. They were awake to see the insecurity of Herod, and listened to their dreams and went home by a different way.