What is your gift? A reflection on the Epiphany.

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‘They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”—Matthew 2:11.

It is now a little over two weeks from Christmas and all of the stores have turned to the next holiday.  While the world was finished with the Christmas celebrations, the day after Christmas, the Church continued its celebration until today, with the remembrance of the Baptism of the Lord.  Sunday was the Feast of the Epiphany.  For this week’s Mission Moment, let’s return back to Epiphany.  It is the Feast of Epiphany, or the reminder of the manifestation of God.  We are reminded through the searchers, the magi, who come to offer him Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, what a profound gift this manifestation of God is in our life.

We too are searchers, while we do not bring gifts of gold, frankincense or myrrh to those we encounter, we do bring a manifestation of God’s presence alive in our world.  Do we live in a way that we can see our lives as both the gift that is offered and the receiver of the gift.  As gift bearers, we offer ourselves to our families, friends and anyone we encounter because they are a manifestation of God to us.  We too, are the receivers of the gifts of our families, friends and those we encounter because in the encounter with one another, God is made manifest.

  • How can we continue to be like the magi and continue to search for the presence of God made manifest in our part of the world?
  • What are our gifts that we bring and that we receive from those we encounter?

Now we move into a non-celebratory or a “normal” time. We need seasons of “down time,” so we can see what gift the celebratory time really is for us.  As the season will continue to unfold and we come around once more, we will hopefully notice more and be more transformed by the encounter and celebration.

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