Friday of Christmas Week
The three gifts of the King—let them be yours. Gold, symbol of the ultimate possession: you are the ultimate gift for the Christ Child. All of who you are is pure Gold to God.
Frankincense is a hard resin from Arabian trees. It looks like stone, until it falls on hot coals, becoming a sweet smelling smoke. Fall upon the fire of the Spirit and the same will become of you. Myrrh, from the Arabic word for bitter, is an ointment offered to Jesus on the cross to soothe his pain. He refused it.
Take your cue from Jesus. Do not anesthetize pain by habits that blunt the spirit. Give the bitterness of suffering to Jesus. Through prayer, pain is transformed and redeemed.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we read the Gospel of St. Luke,except during Lent and with a few other exceptions.