A trek to Bethlehem would have taken the wise men from the east some days of travel. Maybe they traveled by camel, or could they have made the journey by horseback? Here we like to think it was by horseback and can imagine the necessary preparation.
Precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were going to be offered to one who was a king, a deity and who would die.
As we continue the Christmas journey from the crib and ultimately to the cross, may the good zeal of the magi from the east, in pursuit of the Christ Child, to adore the new-born King, inspire us as well.