Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord


by Lucinda M. Vardey

The wise men led by the star to greet the child Jesus not only knelt in adoration but also opened “their treasure chests” to offer what was precious to them.

As we pay homage to Jesus – God’s greatest gift of love to us – what will we be bringing the Lord as an offering?   What is most treasured to us to share for the glory of God?


Nearing the end of his life, my father, in an intimate moment with my husband,

revealed that he was fully prepared to meet his “Maker” because he’d always

done his best.   After a long illness, he’d come to realize that this was the treasure he could bring to God.

The last line of the famous carol In The Bleak Midwinter ( by l9th century English poet, Christina Rossetti) says: “What can I give him: give my heart.”  In Matthew’s gospel, where Jesus instructs not to store up treasures on earth but in heaven he concludes, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:21).

What then lies in your heart that can be laid at the feet of Jesus for his benefit and his use?

Could 2014 be the year where we are more generous to God by offering prayerful gratitude for who and what we have already received?  And could we venture “to give thanks ahead of time “(Fr. Solinas Casey) for what we will be receiving through the grace-filled, life-giving abundance of God?