Sunday, 25 December 2016

Advent / Christmas 30 Day Retreat: Day 28

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies
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 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we travel afar:

The three Kings (or Magi) were royal priests who studied the stars and came from the area of modern Iran. Each of them brought a gift with a deep spiritual meaning.

Gold for the King of Kings, who has become one with us poor human beings.

Frankincense for Jesus, the Priest who will bring us back into full communion with God.

Myrrh an embalming oil, a symbol of the awful death that the innocent Jesus will endure for us to show how much God is prepared to suffer for us.

God has shown to be a God of surprises in the story of Christmas. God does not come to us in power and might but as a little baby. God does not appear in a palace but in a lowly stable. God does not appear to Kings or religious leaders but to a humble father and mother on the edge of the Roman empire.

The first to see him are lowly shepherds and then the Magi who are from a faraway place and not of the Jewish religion. 

Allow the God of surprises into a new way into your heart this precious Christmas day.