The visit of the magi fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament: Balaam prophesied about the coming Messiah marked by a star: “I see him, though not now; I behold him, though not near: A star shall advance from Jacob and a staff shall rise from Israel…”
Psalm 72 speaks of how the Gentiles will come to worship the Messiah: “The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts, the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute. All kings shall pay Him homage, all nations shall serve Him” (72:10-11).
Isaiah also prophesied the gifts: “Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; all from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). [adapted from “Who were the magi” by Fr. William Saunders]
The who, what, how, and when of the magi are not important. The “why” is the center of the story. The magi were the first to follow Jesus on journey of faith. The magi were wise men who sought Him. Wise men still seek Him today.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Like the magi we are all on a journey of faith. Faith can change any situation, no matter how dark or difficult.