Throughout much of the world, today is the highlight of the Christmas season, the celebration of the Epiphany. Even if we are in a country which celebrates Epiphany on Sunday, the Lord will let us be part of the glories of Epiphany today.
The wise men gave Jesus three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Mt 2:11). We too can give the Lord the gifts of our finances, prayers (see Rv 5:8), and sacrifices. We can give the Lord our lives. Of course, the Lord will not be outdone in generosity. We can't outgive God. Jesus has already given His life for us on the cross, and the Lord continues to give and outgive.
Three gifts the Lord offers us today are "the Spirit and the water and the blood" (1 Jn 5:8). In other words, the Lord will renew in us the three sacraments of initiation into the Christian life: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This means we, as children of God (see Mk 1:11) who are baptized in the Spirit (Mk 1:8), will live as conquerors of the world (1 Jn 5:5) and in possession of eternal life (1 Jn 5:12).
Today is a day of gifts. Give all to the Lord; receive all from the Lord.
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 27, 2011.