“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
On Epiphany we celebrate the faith of the Three Kings who traveled from the East (a long journey) to worship Jesus, the Prince of Peace. To lay before the child Jesus, they brought high value gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
(These gifts most likely funded Joseph and Mary’s flight from Herod to Egypt and helped them set up a carpentry shop and get by there for a few years.)
This Feast of Epiphany proffers the question: what gifts can we bring to lay before Jesus?
Our time, talents, hearts, minds, lives, our obedience (always a tough one), our hopes and dreams… ourselves.
At the beginning of this New Year, it’s something to contemplate.
Can we give Jesus our best gifts (the best bits of us) at the start of each day, not what’s leftover when the day is done?
Everything – work, play, gifts and talents inclusive – can be as a gift if done for Him.
The most precious gift, however, we can give Jesus is Love. Which gets kind of confusing since His presence in us is all about His love in us, but maybe the way we give Him love is the way we share His love with others?
The way we are His love in this whacked out world?
Love emboldened with the gold of compassion, frankincense of joy, and myrrh of healing perseverance.
grace, peace & precious gifts
Virginia : )
“God wants us to see the Epiphanies of God and in time, become Epiphanies ourselves.” Larry Gillick, S.J.