"They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother..."
There are so many beautiful, symbolic elements to the Epiphany story of yesterday's Gospel. Mainly, there are the seekers, the star, the gifts. I remember hearing a homily many years ago from Fr. Mike, when he said that at different times in our lives, we are the seekers and at other times, we are the star. At times we are the ones searching, and, at other times we may guide others to Jesus. Last night's homily talked about what gifts we could possibly give to the Christ Child and that was definitely worth pondering. What can we possibly give to God? The greatest gift we can give to God, and the gift that keeps on giving, of course, is our love. And how do we demonstrate that love for God to God? By our love for others. And how do we demonstrate that? Can we stop a gossipy or snarky comment from actually coming out of our mouths? Can we share the abundance of what we have with those who have little? Can we think of the other guy and what he or she may be going through before snapping to judgment? Can we think kindly of those who may irritate us? Let's think of all of these actions as little gifts, tied up with ribbons and presented to the Infant Jesus. O Come let us adore him, and give him our gifts of being kind to others! Love, heidi