Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Today, the twelfth day of Christmas, we celebrate what the Church calls the Epiphany. It means revelation or manifestation. In this case, it refers to the experience of the Wise Men as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. What stands out for me in that account is that the Wise Men come from far, and being wise, they sought for the baby king in Herod’s palace. In addition, what should be noted is that when they didn’t find him there, they didn’t give up. They moved on and followed the Star to where the King was.
Matthew tells us that “…going into the house, they saw the child and his mother Mary, and falling on their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts…” Yes, they gave him gifts from their treasures. They gave from what they treasured. Christmas is the revelation of God’s love in and through the family. Do we pay homage to children? Do we offer gifts from our treasures? Here we should take treasure to mean what we hold necessary and dear to us. Really and truly do we offer God gifts from our treasures? What are you giving him now that you have experienced his love?
Fr. Clement Paul.