Humor of the Day: Q: What type of car would Jesus Own? A: a “Christ-ler.”
Today’s Meditation: The Adoration by the Magi, 4th Joyful Mystery (Matthew 2:1–2, 9b–11)
Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage, and on entering, they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The three wise men some say were kings. Others say they were astronomers. And others say they were just wealthy. Regardless of their state in life, we do know certain things. These ‘wise men’ were learned. They knew how to follow astronomic signs. They knew the prophesies of the coming of the messiah. And more importantly, they knew how to interpolate all they knew into a plan and action of how to meet and worship in the coming of the Lord.
From their physical features, they probably came from separate areas of the ‘knigdom.’ They brought with them gifts, that prophesied Jesus’ role in this earthly life. Gold for the the kingship He will have; frankincense – an incense, representing the spiritual worship of Jesus; and Myrrh representing the death of Jesus – Myrrh was used to anoint bodies after death.
These Kings bowed to this humble baby, and worshipped a poor child from a poor family, living in a cave with animals. From the meek, a king is born that is far greater than any king ever before or since. Praise the Lord.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule # 17:
In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ. By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness in the world to the love of Christ for His Church. They should joyfully accompany their children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian education and being attentive to the vocation of each child.