Posted by: Bro Jer | December 3, 2010

Catholic New Media Advent Calendar with William O’ Leary

William O’Leary is the Director of Religious Formation at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. Check out his blog at

Catechesis in the Third Millennium

and his columns at or email Him at

3 Gifts To Give This Christmas

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.”~ Matthew 2:10-12

The wise men brought 3 wonderful gifts:

Gold… Gold is a gift for a King. Gold is a valuable treasure. Christ is that treasure and king! What gold can you give in your life to be a gift and treasure to others this Advent and Christmas? How can you use your gifts or talents to show Christ to others?

Frankincense…This is usually burned when offering something to God or during prayer.How can your words and actions this Advent and Christmas be an offering that express your praise and love of God? This is a holy time, don’t miss the opportunity to make your actions and words an authentic offering to Christ, the newborn king. Offer your commitment to live for Him as He comes more fully into your heart this Christmas. This is the gift Christ wants from you and me! After all, it’s His Birthday!

Myrrh…This is an odd gift. Myrrh is a scent or a balm usually used at the time of death.This gift is a prefiguring of Christ’s death on the cross. Our gift is to die to our sinful ways and our imperfections so we can be the best-version-of-ourselves for Christ to use as He wills. We are called to die to what does not lead us and others closer to God’s will so that our lives will be a fragrant offering to Him.
They departed…by another way” – As we journey through this Advent Season may our time of preparation allow us to truly “depart by another way” at Christmas, because our lives more fully reflect Christ – the way, the truth and the life.
May Christ reign anew in your hearts this Christmas! The world longs for Christ and will be transformed through our gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh!

Join us tomorrow for more reflections produced by great Catholic New Media personalities as we journey through the advent.


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