One of the central points from this Matthew text surrounds the importance of the Magi coming to pay homage to the infant Jesus. If one reads Matthew 2:1-12 carefully there are several points to reflect upon.
First, the Magi text is central to Matthew's understanding of Jesus. Indeed the Magi scene is unique to Matthew and I think central to Matthew's understanding of Jesus for the community to whom he was writing.
Second, nothing else is said of the Magi except that they gave their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This would seem to confirm that their motivation was not to have any discussion even with Mary. No words are reported that will distract from the homage being paid.
Third, it is noteworthy that in Matthew it says nothing about Joseph in the scene with the Magi. Of course Joseph is important to Matthew's larger depiction at the beginning of his gospel. If you look at the history of art regarding the nativity scene you will want to observe and ask as you look at the scenes, "Is Joseph depicted?" Certainly he is in a good number of them. However, if you look at the painting of Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), "Adoration of the Christ Child by the Three Wisemen (1504), there is no Joseph. Of course there are many questions and observations that can be raised about the representations of the Magi and the surrounding scene in any of the artistic renditions.
Fourth, Matthew's entire prophecy-fulfillment theme is reenforced in numerous ways: Matthew 1:23 uses Isaiah 7:14 even transforming the Hebrew "young woman is pregnant." The transformation begins by making the "young woman" a "virgin" and suggesting that even in Isaiah the event was in the future, not in the present as the Isaiah text suggests. Certainly the flight to Egypt (Matthew 2:15) was influenced by Hosea 11:1. The Magi scene gains its importance for Matthew because of the use of two scriptural allusions. The first is Psalm 72:10-11 regarding kings bringing forth gifts and kneeling down and Isaiah 60:6 regarding the the gifts the Magi bring (L. Michael White, Scripting Jesus, HarperOne 2010). Certainly the "star rising" in Matthew 2:2 has been influenced by Numbers 24:15-17.
All of these and other allusions in Jewish literature drive home the point that the Magi are in Matthew's gospel to urge us to understand the necessity of paying homage to Jesus even as an infant. Remember homage is a demonstration of dedication in indirect and direct ways. Matthew's infant Jesus is both the Davidic messiah and a prophet like Moses. On this Epiphany Sunday we are called to recognize that Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23), and the delivery of God's Son (Matthew 2:15) is a moment of high expectation. Whatever the questions we come with during this new year enable us to develop a refreshed and inspired sense of Christian homage. The Magi brought in silence their most valued gift they could find. May we learn anew ways to bring our gifts to glorify God and enjoy God's gift forever.