Central Panel of the “Adoration of the Magi” – Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1485-1500
Each year, we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany – the story of the Magi bringing rich gifts to honor Jesus. The Magi followed one bright star from the east to bring three gifts to honor this newborn King. The three gifts they brought are three symbols that help describe the King, Jesus Christ.
Gold – kingship of earth…Jesus is our King
Frankincense – an incense which symbolizes deity…Jesus is both human and divine
Myrrh – an oil which symbolizes death…Jesus’ Passion
Now every day, millions of Catholics across the world continually ask God for things they want, need, etc. I admit..I do it! But as we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, I believe this is an important thing to bring up. The Magi who came did not visit the King to get what they wanted; I believe they came because the gift of themselves mattered to the King. They didn’t send the gifts to Him to get something in return; they traveled a far distance to be there in person. For what else could Jesus really have asked?
Instead of asking God what we want from Him, ask God what He wants from us! What gifts do you have to offer Jesus? Some gifts could be time and prayer. But more importantly, live out your true vocation He is calling you too! Spend time giving yourself over to Him. For what else could He really ask?