Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our true treasure

     Christmas is so much about gift giving and being gifted.  From Santa to family and friends to the experiences in life to the graciousness of God's love for us, we are gifted.  That giftedness is not reserved for this blessed season, but is to be found in every moment of life's existence.  In the transition of the New Year we reflect upon how we have been gifted and how that giftedness enables us to be gift to others.  And now that the season is winding down and things are returning to normal, we are challenged to not let normalcy be the norm, but rather to allow the gift to keep on giving.  In other words, we are invited to live the faith and witness to the love of Christ.

     The Prayer After Communion for the Vigil Mass of the Feast of the Epiphany has a nugget that I found inspiring.  It says that nourished by the Eucharist we dare to ask that the star of the Lord's justice shine bright in our minds and that "our true treasure may ever consist in our confession of you [the Christ]."

     What a tremendous insight: that our gift, our true treasure, consists in our confession of the Lord Jesus.  What could be more important and more precious?  Nothing!  Knowing Him, loving Him and serving Him is why we were created in the first place, and it is at the heart of who we are and why we were gifted in such great measure.   Cherish your true treasure.

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