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January 2016 - The Gifts of the King

January 6th is the feast of the Epiphany: for the Eastern Orthodox Church it is Christmas Day and the visit of the Kings. They bring three gifts to the infant Christ: gold, frankincense and myrrh, representing the Kingship, the Priestly nature and the Earthliness of Jesus: depicting the life which the infant Jesus is to live for human benefit.

January is also the time when we think of New Year resolutions and may I ask you to consider, before making yours, the three gifts of the heavenly King to us all: His creation, a sense of spirituality and a continued divine presence - our gold, frankincense and myrrh. In our secular world these gifts may seem pointless but in spite of pressures to make our own way in the world, independent of “heavenly help”, I can assure you they are not.

For these gifts remind us that our life and world, a gift from God, need caring for. How shall we do this - selfishly with no thought of others but ourselves? The second gift would suggest not, for we are all called to be priests of God: to serve his creation and each other and to make it better for all who dwell on this planet. A difficult task but possible because of the King’s third gift – his continued help through all of life’s fortunes and misfortunes. We will always be with a Christ-like God who, if we let Him, can shape our New Year resolution into a meaningful and lasting promise of service for all.

A very Happy New Year to you all.

Jack

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