MAGI-cal Gifts

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My grandmother’s pinecone versions of Caspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.

Today is the official end of the Christmas season in the Christian liturgical year. Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrating the visit of the wise men or the magi to the baby Jesus. According to Matthew’s Gospel they brought him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.   

The magi travelled a long way to find Jesus. They made an intentional journey to see this royal (some even believe divine) baby and bring it gifts.  And such gifts! Gold is well, GOLD! Alright, Frankincense and myrrh aren’t such hot commodities any more, but at that time, it was like bringing diamonds and a fancy car with a state of the art baby carrier.  

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