Today is Saturday, December 23rd
Light two purple candles and the pink candle.
What do you know about the wise men?
Which do you like more, getting gifts or giving gifts?
Read Matthew 2:1-12
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. [ESV]
The joy that I pursue is not the hope of getting rich with things from You. I have not come to You for Your things but for Yourself. And this desire I now intensify and demonstrate by giving up things in the hope of enjoying You more, not the things. By giving to You what You do not need and what I might enjoy, I am saying more earnestly and more authentically, “You are my treasure, not these things.”
You are God who made the world and everything in it, You are Lord of heaven and earth, You do not live in temples made by man, nor are You served by human hands, as though You need anything; You have given Yourself to all mankind, life and breath and everything. Amen