“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 the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
Three Kings Altarpiece, Hans Baldung, Northern Renaissance, WikiArt, GoogleImages.
I can’t imagine that before the Star appeared, the three Wise Men had no hopes or dreams.
Learned as they were, their ‘seeking’ infers that they must have aspired to something more…
Likely Zoroastrians who studied the stars as part of their religion, the three were wise enough to follow the lead given to them from above.
Willing to be led by Mystery, with questions as important as answers, they were brought to the threshold of faith, (though perhaps not recognizable as such.)
This is part of what it means to gather, standing at the edge of a new time in ways we cannot explain how God is here, but expectantly traveling, just the same.