Now, it’s not that I don’t appreciate each gift that is brought to my children, I do. And I do know that each gift was picked for my children to show them that they are special. But, when there is are so many, sometimes it is hard to explain to the little ones that each gift is special. It just ends up seeming like stuff and they don’t even remember (or maybe even know) who picked that special gift just for them, anyway.
In today’s Gospel, the magi visited the baby Jesus and showered him with lovely gifts. They brought him gold, frankincense and myrrh. Each gift was picked for this special child for a very special reason. The gifts were to represent his kingly status. Gold was the prize of rulers, frankincense was very expensive and had a wonderful fragrance, and myrrh as used to anoint and perfume. Giving the baby Jesus these gifts was symbolic, it showed that the magi knew and recognized Jesus as a king.
My kids are so blessed to have so many people who care about them and who think they are special… special enough to shower them with gifts just as the magi showered the baby Jesus with gifts. I can’t help, though, but to think about the kids who aren’t as fortunate. During this Year of Mercy, I hope to take some time to begin to teach my small children about the value of gifts, how and why we give to others, and those who could really benefit from some of the things we take for granted. And I hope that next Christmas, as I am planning to give gifts to others and to my own kids, that I can be a “Wiser Woman” in my giving.