We know this much: They got there late.
Twelve days late? Probably. It doesn’t matter.
The point is, the three of them, described in Scripture as kings, or wise men, knew they were behind the clock as they raced across the desert, anxious to visit a newborn baby born in a Bethlehem manger.
And they relied on a star to guide them.
Once they arrived these distinguished visitors, known as Magi, ceremoniously presented the infant with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
That timeless story, theologically known as the Epiphany, was remembered here this past weekend as “little Christmas,” or the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated in churches throughout Christendom.
It brought to mind a ruckus once caused by a roguish friend, emceeing a Christmas concert, who thought he might amuse the congregation with a bit of impertinent revisionism.
“Suppose, instead of three wise men, there had been three wise women,” he said. “How would the story have been different? First, they would have asked for directions and arrived on time. And they would have brought practical gifts. Then they’d have swept the stable, changed the baby and made a casserole.
“Who knows? Maybe we’d finally have peace on earth.”
What that bit of whimsy did suggest, however, was that the notion of women being as bright as men is nothing new; indeed, many men, including this writer, have the fingerprints of towering women all over their lives and careers.
And yet there are prominent, accomplished women who still feel a need to show the world how tough they are, as if that has anything to do with the stuff of real leadership.
When Liz Warren allowed herself to be pictured chug-a-lugging a brewski like a longshoreman draped over the end of a bar, were we supposed to regard her differently? Was that her way of assuring us she was one of the boys? Please. It demeans her and insults us.
But that foolishness pales in comparison to the venom spewed by Michigan’s newly-elected Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress.
She claimed to have assured her young son that President Trump is on thin ice because “Baby, we’re gonna go in there and impeach the (expletive deleted)” to which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly-elected socialist from New York, tweeted, “I got your back. The Bronx and Detroit ride together.”
No doubt they do.
Let’s just say Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm they’re not.
But they do at least prove women can be exactly like some men.
They can be total jerks, too.