A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 8 January

Epiphany of the Lord

Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ps 72, Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6;
Matthew 2:1-12

Gift of self like gold

According to Matthew’s Gospel, the Magi found Jesus “by following a star”. The three gifts they gave him – frankincense, myrrh and gold – are interesting because of the properties they suggest: frankincense (which comes from the Boswellian tree and can even grow out of incredibly harsh environments – even rock; myrrh grows in dry, stony soil; while gold is soft, bright and malleable.

Like frankincense and myrrh, faith can spring forth in any environment:

I will offer God today my harvest of faith and ask Him to help me be malleable to His will and reflect His light.

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