Of Gifts and Giving
The tradition of giving gifts is related to the celebration of the Lord’s Epiphany when the wise men gave gifts to the new-born king as symbols of homage. In a way, we give gifts during this Christmas season because we believe that gifts given to others are given to Christ Himself.
As the end of this season of giving, it might be a good exercise to identify the favorite gift you received this Christmas. Why do you like it best? Who gave it to you? What special meaning does the gift have for you? What gift did you enjoy the most? Why? Besides material gifts, what other gifts did you give or receive this Christmas? Hopefully, we have come to realize the greatest gift we receive at Christmas.
At the end of the Christmas season when we have received the gift of our Savior, it is time to think of the inner gifts we can or have to offer to God and to one another. What are the signs of our inner gifts. Let us reflect on the importance of kind words, praise, compliments, reverence or courtesy. We have a range of choices of the spiritual gifts God has shared with us which we in turn can share with one another. We also have to think and reflect about volunteer work which is a form of homage to our God who has gifted us with our respective talents, time and treasure. Stewardship is our recognition of God’s jurisdiction over our lives and our world. Becoming faithful and generous stewards of God’s gift is in keeping with our paying homage to our King and Savior.
This end of the Christmas season is a time to consider extending the gifts we have received this Christmas to others. Choose something you have received as a gift for Christmas to give to someone else. There is nothing objectionable about giving away something you have received, especially if you don’t need the gift and if you feel somebody else needs it more.