The Only Gifts Jesus Truly Desires!
The three kings from the East brought expensive gifts to Bethlehem, of gold, frankincense and myrrh, which sparkled amidst the straw, farm animals and the poverty of this holy family. While these gifts seemed appropriate to bring to the King of Kings, this particular infant monarch was not awed. Although the Magi did bow and worship before Jesus and His parents, the wise men returned home without giving the gifts this “royal” desired most. Jesus wanted their presence, their friendship and most of all their company, but they had to go before trouble overtook them. The affection Jesus wanted from them never materialized, as the Magi were never aware of what Jesus desired.
As we move farther into this New Year, we have the ability to make up for this oversight in our daily lives with the riches of little deeds. We can offer the gifts of our time and presence, the gifts of our love and friendship, as well as the gifts of our prayers and conversation. We can also respond with greater patience to those around us who need patience the most. And instead of annoyance and harshness, we give them gentleness and tenderness.
We can share--these--our gifts instead of hoarding them. These are the special gifts that our newborn King especially wants. And know, that when we share them with the others around us, we are sharing them with Christ. And He is always willing to help us offer them – one day at a time.
Remember, St. Francis de Sales writes:
“Great occasions to serve God rarely present themselves,
but little ones are frequent.”