“Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart will throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you…all from Sheba shall come, bringing gold, frankincense, and proclaiming the praise of the Lord…Then they spread their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
The season of holiday visiting is drawing to a close. Lights still shine, the manger scene is special today, and unwrapped gifts are still to be seen. The memories of visits, carols, and delicious traditional foods are still fresh and happy. But what happens now?
Like the magi we have waited, searched and found the Christ. It’s our turn to bring gifts, not the three mentioned in today’s readings from Isaiah and Matthew, but a more precious gift, a more valuable gift, the one that the Lord Jesus is waiting to receive from us. It is the gift of ourselves.
We bring joy, hope and happiness. Joy – because we have a Savior, hope – because our world can become better, happiness – because He has chosen me to bring Him to others. We bring an awareness that this Jesus comes again and wishes to accompany us in this new year. He can’t wait for us to get started. We can choose this route, or just simply take the decorations and put them away to gather dust for another year. The choice is quite clear. “They departed for their own country by another way.”
“When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the shepherds are back from their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: To feed the hungry, To release the prisoners, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among sisters and brothers, To make music with the heart.”
May you have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish