by Frances Correia

“We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar”  (Christmas Carol)

On the 6th of January we celebrate the Epiphany, remembering that Jesus’ coming was not only for the Jewish people, but for the whole world. The coming of the wise men from the East is symbolic of the wider significance of the birth of the Messiah for all people. A different message also lies in their symbolic journey, they come bearing gifts. They are symbolic of all those who are different, who come from other cultures and other nations. They are the symbolic strangers who come into our midst, and bring with them their gifts of other ways of thinking and living. As we celebrate the Epiphany this week, may we remember the strangers in our midst, and be open to the gifts they offer us.

Lord we ask for the grace of open hearts.

Help us to see Jesus in the faces of those who are strangers in our midst.

Help us to engage with others with generosity.

Help us to be humbly accept what they bring to our lives.

AMEN.