The magi brought gifts of immense value; they brought what was precious to them. They parted with what they adored to adore the Lord. We are not so wise in our giving. I traverse not far at all when I shop, since I shop online. Why? It’s easier and more convenient for me. Or convenient for the recipient… Notice that convenience was not a priority for the magi. Why has it become our guiding light?
—James C. Howell, Why This Jubilee? Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
—Matthew 2:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
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