In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is this child who has been born king of the Jews?  For we observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.”  Matthew 2: 1-2

I looked up the definition of ‘pay homage’. It is a public display of respect and honor, it involves admiration and reverence. It can mean to worship or acclaim. And carries with it the idea that the other may have influence or inspiration in the life of the one paying homage.

The Baby Jesus has for over 2,000 years been worshipped, admired, followed as an example of love for others and for God. This holy season is calling me to not just have a sentimental encounter, but a life changing relationship with Jesus.

Even as I pay you homage, Dear Jesus, I want to be more like you in my living. Amen.