In the ancient world the wise men were the scientists, people with a certain knowledge, and who had a huge influence on the daily life of the population as well as on the political and religious life of the state. They were actually "active" in the domain of -what we call today- natural sciences. Their knowledge was much more superior to the average person and even much more superior to the knowledge of the political leaders. They explained the dreams and events of life using their astronomical and mathematical knowledge.
We hear in the Gospel of St. Matthew, about the Wise Men - "After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of King Herod, suddenly some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east asking, 'Where is the infant king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage" (Mt 2,1)
However, what is more important, is the meaning, the signification of this solemnity.
In those three Wise Men we can see all those who are searching for the truth, all those who are able to consecrate a lot to find the ultimate sense and meaning of life, to find Jesus Christ in His revelation. God's will is, to be with us (Emmanuel), God's will is, to reveal Himself to those who would like to know Him. He is not hiding; He is not playing any kind of games with us. He is ready to be known, and to be loved. The only necessary condition is the honest willingness to know Him.The readiness to abandon my truths, my ways and even myself so to know more and more of God in His divinity.
He even became a Man, Jesus Christ, and was known as the child of Mary, to be more accessible, more available, more approachable …