adoration of 3kThe magi offer the Child their gifts but they gaze up and off into the distance. Perhaps they’re asking of the star they followed: Is this really the One to whom you’ve led us?

And Joseph…Joseph stands apart, keeping a wary eye on these wealthy visitors.  Can you read his thoughts? How came they knocking on my door? Their gifts are so extravagant! What do these strangers want?

Not surprisingly, Mary, the loving Mother, keeps her eye on her Child. Might she see in this unexpected visit the twists and turns her Son’s life will take? And yet, see how she offers her Child, holding him forth, already aware that he belongs not to her – but to all…

The Child’s eyes tell us clearly that he has no need of these fine offerings.  He wants something else from each of is: he desires the gift of our hearts…

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