Magi &
Shepherds

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Why are both magi
and shepherds
present at the
birth of Christ?
St. Thomas Aquinas writes:
"Some came to Christ from the Jews, namely the shepherds, and some from the Gentiles, namely the magi; for Christ Himself is the stone at the corner, Who makes both into one. And why both magi and shepherds?  Because the shepherds were more simple, and these magi were more sinful, to indicate that Christ accepts both."
St. John Chrysostom
puts it simply,
"And behold kings have come, that they might adore the heavenly King of glory; Shepherds, to the Good Shepherd Who has laid down His life for His sheep."