Day 21

Day 21

Matthew 2:11-12 

Then opening their treasure-chests they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. 


The Three Gifts

It’s an obscure and very nerdy fact that the initial letters of the Latin words for the Magi’s 3 gifts – aurum, thus, myrrha – spell out ATM (well, I did say it was obscure). An accidental reminder of how big a part cash (or card) can play in the Christmas season? Financial pressures can seem hard to escape, especially if you’re already living on a tight budget. 

The 3 gifts invite us to step back and wonder what we might bring to the Christ-child. Our money, perhaps, and how we choose to use it, but also the no less precious commodities of our time, our care and compassion. Will our worship be like fine incense rising to our God and Creator? Expectant gratitude for the coming of our Saviour? And as we remember all that Jesus had to go through to save us, we may reflect on our own lives and the purposes God has for us, his chosen children.  

Christina Rossetti has reminded us, in a well-loved Christmas carol, that we need not come to Jesus with costly material goods, but rather with the best gift of all: our heart.

Martin B

  • Church of England.
  • Diocese of York.