In recent faith sharing, one of my friends took a deeper look at the gifts offered to the Christ child. In the scriptures, Matthew tells us that the Magi opened their treasures and from all their treasures offered gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Mt. 2:11).
Gold symbolize our material possessions, frankincense symbolize our prayers, and myrrh symbolizes death.
The gift of myrrh is what interested me in our faith sharing. The infant child not only wants the material things and our prayers. He wants all those things we struggle with and are trying our best to die to. He wants our struggles, our pains, our hurts, and our sins.
In a way, all of us are like the Magi. We spend our lives searching for the One who brings fulfillment in our lives. Christ, the final and complete WORD of God is now in our midst in this final week of the Christmas Season. Do we dare enter the house and adore him?
“Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body. As they look, they believe and do not question, as their symbolic gifts bear witness: incense for God, gold for a king, myrrh for one who is to die” (Saint Peter Chrysologus).