January 4, 2015

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

“They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  They opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:11

Our daily invitation is to journey on the road in prayer offering our gifts in service to our brothers and sisters.  Our gifts are not gold, frankincense and myrrh, but the duties and sacrifices of love given as gifts each day.  Sharing our gifts is the way we live as grateful stewards of God’s bounty.

Reflection

The people asked, Speak to us of Giving:
You give but little when you
give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself
that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but
things you keep and guard
for fear you may need them tomorrow?…

And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full,
the thirst that is unquenchable?
There are those who give little
of the much which they have –
and they give for recognition
and their hidden desire
makes their gifts unwholesome.
And there are those who have
little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and
the bounty of life,
and their coffer is never empty.
There are those who give with joy,
and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain,
and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and
know not pain in giving,
nor do they seek joy,
nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley
the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.

Through the hands of such as these
God speaks,
and from behind their eyes
God smiles upon the earth.
It is well to give when asked,
but it is better to give unasked,
through understanding;
And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
And is there aught you would withhold?
All you have shall some day be given;
Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours.
– Kahil Gilran, The Prophet

Activity

Read carefully and prayerfully each line of the reflection.  How is God guiding you to share of yourself?

Gratefully

Thank you to all parishioners who wrapped “we three priests” in your prayer and thoughtfully remembered us with kind gifts.
– Fr. Joe, Fr. Jared, Fr. Kevin

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