No Greater Gift

Andrea Mantegna's “Adoration of the Magi” (c. 1500)

Andrea Mantegna’s “Adoration of the Magi” (c. 1500)

As I get older gifts on birthdays or at Christmas just don’t seem that important to me. I love giving gifts, especially to my wife and children. I like to find that gift that brings a tear to the eye or elicit a great surprise. But for myself, what I receive does not seem like a big deal. It did not so long ago. As a young adult, I loved to receive cool gadgets and tech toys. However, I can say I feel pretty satisfied now that I am more mature.

In fact, on Father’s Day my oldest son was coming home from college and he asked what I wanted as a gift. He asked looking for a concrete gift suggestion, preferably in his college student bank account range. I immediately had an answer for him. I told him, “As long as you get home in time to go to Mass with me and the family, that is all I want.” I just wanted to witness his faith being fed along with the rest of us. For me, there could be no greater gift.

We hear every year the story of the Magi bringing rich gifts to honor Jesus. They were honoring this newborn king the only way they really knew. And yes, I believe that whatever they could have offered him would have been appreciated. But I think it was the gift of themselves that mattered the most. They didn’t send the gifts to him by some form of courier. They traveled a far distance to be there in person. For what else could Jesus really have asked.

What gifts do you have to offer Jesus? You could offer gifts of treasure or time. He would love those. But could you offer him your presence in prayer. Just spend time giving yourself over to Him, for what else could He really ask?

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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