Blog: The Epiphany of our Lord (1/6/22)

In my mind today, I think of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We hear about this every year around Christmas time. Have we ever really taken the students time to research these things and define them and make connections in your own mind? It’s true what the teachers tell you. If you see something unfamiliar or have no idea, use a dictionary. These three gifts have been given and recorded throughout history. King Herod knew the implications of such gifts. He held power over the tribe of Judah. He controlled their high priests. He murdered so many Jewish boys trying to stop the rise of a new King of the Jews. His plans were thwarted. This mighty birth had been predicted. The whole Earth rejoiced and nature sang. Here is the students’ secret sauce. It’s always like that. So many good and beautiful things happen at Christmas more than at any other time of the year. Let’s talk about these three gifts.

Gold. Think about it, pupils: the golden rule, the gold standard, more precious than gold, etc. Gold is a precious metal. It has a symbol of AU on the periodic table of the elements. They brought the baby Jesus something invaluable. A gift to show the value of this blessed son who would save the world by allowing Agape to be everyone’s guide from this day forward. Students, Agape is a special love: sacrificial. What an incredible gift He is. What could we give to God this year that is more precious than gold? Could you show great charity? Think about it.

Incense. It is a gum or sap from trees in Somalia and coastal Arabia. It is used for its strong scent when burnt. The smoke is aromatic and used for rituals. It is very expensive. They found it to be good for medical reasons: asthma, ibs, cancer, skin problems, and arthritis. It is still harvested today. This gift shows devotion to the health and life of Christ. Christ still lives in each of us today if only we allow him to take charge of our hearts. How can you show great devotion, students? Yes it is homework.

Last but not least, myrrh. It is also a resin or a tree gum. These trees grow naturally in these countries: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Somalia and eastern Ethiopia. It also has medicinal properties just like frankincense. It also has uses for perfume and incense. It was used before the coming of Christ as a man in the religious ceremonies of the Hebrews. Moses used it. Jacob used it. Esther used it. Jesus received it on the cross mixed with wine. Joseph of Arimathea gave it for Jesus’ burial. Both ancient Egyptians and those of the Islamic faith used it and used it. It is used to anoint the saints. It represents a sacrifice. What could you sacrifice for Christ? would you sacrifice? Some people can’t even do it. They have become so self-centered, which is the complete opposite of what Christ came to this world for. Agape.

Today is the last day of Christmas for us Catholic Christians. It is the Epiphany of our Lord. The awareness that God has entered the world and that he has come to save us by giving us a better way to love: Agape. Watching the children from my window playing in the snow, I wish you a Happy Agape Day! Now get out there and enjoy the students! Build a snowman for me and me and throw some snowballs! Best of all is to go sledding. Make sure you do a lot!

Sarah Anderson Alley

Sal agape gal

Quotes of the day:

1. “When one has fully entered the realm of love, the world – however imperfect it may be – becomes rich and beautiful, it consists only of opportunities for love.”

– Søren Kierkegaard, “Works of love”, 1847.

2. “Let your soul shine with the same egoless humility as the rainbow and no matter where you go in this world or the next, love will find you, assist you and bless you.”

– Aberjhani, “Journey through the power of the rainbow: quotes from a life made of poetry”, 2014.

3. “Divine love, agape, is love that sacrifices itself, which seems difficult, as it is, and not very attractive. If the best image we have of love is that of a man who was tortured and hanged from a cross … But it is the highest Christian image of love. “

Kevin Hart, ‘The Poetry and Prayers of Kevin Hart’, 2011.

4. “Agape is total love … Anyone who knows and experiences agape learns that nothing else in the world is important – just love.”

– Paolo Coelho, ‘The Pilgrimage’, 1987.

5. “The only way love can last a lifetime is if it is unconditional. The truth is, love is not determined by the one who is loved, but rather by the one who is loved. chooses to love. “

– Stephen Kendrick, ‘The Love Dare’, 2008.

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